Ronald Redding ron_redding@hotmail.com
Mon, 27 Nov 2006 12:25:16 PST
Alberto and Steve et al,

I have three clones of Cochliostema odoratissimum they are very easy to 
distinguish from one another as their leaves are differen colours. One has 
totally purple foliage another has a purple edge along its leaves and the 
last one I acquired as totally green however I am finding that as it gets a 
little older there is a slight colour to the edge of its leaves.

They were not growing very well in the medium I first used and when I looked 
at the roots they just looked to be a little epiphytic so I potted them into 
a 10mm bark that is available here in Australia. It is the best thing since 
sliced bread besides qloxinty and they have taken off.

I have not flowered any of them yet however I believe that will now only be 
a matter of time since their growth rates are now better. Does anyone have 
any tips to set seed as I would like to give it a try when and if I can.

Kind Regards and Best Wishes
Ron Redding
Hervey Bay

>From: Steve Marak <samarak@gizmoworks.com>
>Reply-To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
>To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
>Subject: Re: [pbs] OT-Cochliostema
>Date: Sat, 25 Nov 2006 22:37:13 -0600 (CST)
>On Thu, 23 Nov 2006, Alberto Grossi wrote:
> > Hi All, I am looking for this amazing member of Commelinaceae, 
> > odoratissimum. Does anyone know where to find fresh seeds? To import 
> > plants to Italy is impossible as they stop about two months at the 
> > Many thanks.
>I don't know of any seed source, if you find one I'd like to know also. I 
>even know of any commercial sources for plants.
>Clearly not a geophyte, but I agree it's amazing. I had wanted this plant 
>years, and a friend at a botanical garden managed to get me an offset. I 
>had it
>for several years, and it seemed happy in my greenhouse, grew well, and
>flowered at least twice a year, but I was never able to get seed from
>self-pollination (or cross-pollination from some other Commelinaceae I 
>The flowers are as fragrant as the name suggests and incredibly blue.
>After 4-5 years, and with no change I could find in my culture, it started 
>look sickly and was dead within a few weeks. I still have no idea what
>happened. I'm always disappointed to kill a plant, though I've certainly 
>my share and then some, but usually accept it as part of the price of
>admission. But this was one of my most favorite plants, and I really hated
>losing it.
>-- Steve Marak
>-- samarak@gizmoworks.com
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