Seemannia aerial rhizomes

Bridget Wosczyna fritchick@gmail.com
Wed, 08 Nov 2017 08:23:56 PST
Thanks for sharing- Both the starts and the info. 
Bridget. 

> On Nov 8, 2017, at 11:21 AM, Dennis Kramb <dkramb@badbear.com> wrote:
> 
> I donated the Seemannia rhizomes for BX 431.  It's a bit of an experiment
> as I don't recall aerial rhizomes like this being offered before.  they
> look like long, thin, green angel-hair pasta.  Here's a pic of what I'm
> talking about.... look at the bottom of the plant.
>     https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8361/…
> 
> Anyway, I wanted to share the following information:
> 
> I asked the experts at The Gesneriad Society.  They said that a ziploc bag
> is a good way to send aerial rhizomes through the mail as long as freezing
> temps are avoided.  Their advice to the final recipient is to add a small
> amount of barely moist sphagnum moss to the ziploc bag and place it under
> strong indirect light.  With the aerial rhizomes in contact with the
> sphagnum, in a short amount of time they will do one of two things....
> either:  (a) start growing into new plants, or (b) start growing into
> "underground" rhizomes.  If they do (b) then those will turn into plants
> next spring.
> 
> If you decide to try planting them directly instead, just be sure to keep
> them barely moist & enclosed and do not completely bury them.  These are
> aerial rhizomes after all.
> 
> 'Evita' is a jaw dropper in bloom.  Gymnostoma is on the verge of blooming
> for me right now for the first time.
> 
> Good luck!
> Dennis in Cincinnati
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