Dennis Kramb
Wed, 14 Jul 2010 06:39:34 PDT
On Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 4:05 PM, Jim McKenney

> Dennis, please keep us posted on the progress of your Smithiantha.

I'm growing S. cinnabarina from a rhizome I bought a few months ago on eBay
from someone in Pittsburgh.  It's growing nicely!

S. laui, S. canarina, S. multiflora, and S. zebrina are all SLOWLY growing
from seed.  I expect to have blooming plants by next summer.

> Good luck with Episcia: I don’t think I know another plant which is so cold
> sensitive.

That's what I've read.  I plan to grow mine indoors in a terrarium.  They'll
be fine until we have a mid-winter power failure.  Actually I bet a candle
in there might be a perfect heat source in such a situation.  Hmmmm...

I'm currently growing Alsobia dianthiflora, closely related to Episcias.
It's doing great for me and spreading quite nicely.  No blooms yet, though.

By the way, Achimines are starting to bloom here now.
Yup!  And here as well.  A. dulcis just opened its first flower yesterday.

Dennis in Cincinnati

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