Ellen Hornig hornig@earthlink.net
Sun, 27 Dec 2009 14:00:40 PST
Jim Waddick mentioned the tiny sinningias as good terrarium candidates. 
I've had both the white and purple forms of S. pusilla growing in a little 
glass dome for over 20 years now, and they are remarkably tough.  The 
planting medium consists of granite grit and potting mix (probably Fafard 
52, but I can't be sure), roughly 1"deep.  I try to water it before it gets 
completely dry, but if I forget all that happens is that the plants go 
dormant and wait for better times. A few times a year, at best, I give a 
liquid feed with Miracle-Gro or similar.  Once every few years I remove 
everything - usually after I've managed to send them all into dormancy - and 
replace the mix. The plants do self-sow periodically, though not to excess. 
The dome sits in a south-facing window, so internal temperatures must get up 
over 100F in summer, and there is effectively no ventilation save for the 
rare times when I remove the dome to water or clean the algae off the inside 
of the dome. All in all, they are amazingly forgiving little plants.


Ellen Hornig
Seneca Hill Perennials
3712 County Route 57
Oswego NY 13126 USA
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "James Waddick" <jwaddick@kc.rr.com>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sunday, December 27, 2009 3:04 PM
Subject: Re: [pbs] terrariums

> Dear Dennis,
> I think this sounds like a perfect set for a ground cover of
> micro and mini sinningias. These are tiny bulbous relatives of
> Gloxinias and come in a variety of sizes and colors of flowers. The
> smallest are very small. Once established they can self sow. Try
> http://littlecountryvillage.com/Cottage-Gardening/…

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