Dennis Kramb
Fri, 09 Mar 2012 11:42:16 PST
The latest BX includes some donations from me, of the family Gesneriaceae.

I started growing gesneriads in 2010.  I haven't seen many offered in the
PBS BX but I joined The Gesneriad Society to obtain seeds from their seed
bank.  Many of the species are geophytes.

Lately I am growing more & more Primulina, Petrocosmea, and Aeschynanthus
species... which are non-geophytic members from Asia.  But next week I'm
getting some new Sinningia species(& cultivars) to add to my collection
(South American geophytes).

I am trying my hand at hybridizing too... attempting to cross things like
Achimenes, Smithiantha, Niphaea, Diastema, and Gloxinella with each other.
So far the only cross that produced viable seeds was Diastema &
Gloxinella.  I'm growing about 100 seedlings now.  I won't know if the
cross was authentic until they bloom later this year.

One of the great things about gesneriads is how fast they can bloom from
seed... many species literally within months.  And many of them are
prolific reproducers vegetatively with underground & aerial rhizomes.

This is the time of year that Gesneriad socieities everywhere are having
BIG shows & sales.  Those are GREAT places for finding new plants for your
collection.  I know there's a show near Orlando this weekend, and Chicago
next weekend, and Toronto later this month.  Columbus, Dayton, and
Cincinnati all have shows coming up soon too.  If you're even just slightly
interested in gesneriads, I hope you can find & attend a local show & sale.

Dennis in Cincinnati
(trying to spread my gezzie addiction to others)

PS:  I left my Sinningia tubiflora outdoors over the winter.  I'll find out
soon if it survived or not.  It's supposed to be one of the cold-hardiest
species of them all.

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