Hi Jim, I'm the one who sent you the seed. My xfestalis produced two seeds this year; I sent you one, and planted the other myself. Alas, a bird plucked mine out and devoured it before it germinated. I'm glad you wrote about it -- I was wondering how it was progressing. You have to be careful with the seedling now -- while it has rooted, this is its dormant time, and it can rot if kept too moist. It won't leaf out until late spring - early summer. At least, that's how my earlier xfestalis seedlings progressed. I don't know how long it will take to get to blooming size; mine have not yet reached that size. I'm quite anxious to see it flower -- whether it is true to type, especially as xfestalis is supposed to be a sterile hybrid. David E.