Preparing For A Show


Sometimes, blogging is like paying attention to what you eat when you're trying to lose weight. You get into a nice groove, but if you miss one tiny thing, suddenly you're back to where you started and it's hard to get going again.

There are too many things going on in my gardening (and other) worlds. So here's a photo of something imminent: my Primulina (formerly Chirita) 'Dreamtime' is flowering. It's sending up four inflorescences right now, but it's one of those plants that never really seems to stop once it starts. I will certainly get a photo of it in full bloom, but who knows when it'll get posted?

The leaves aren't too happy--they were growing directly into the fluorescent tubes for a few months, so the ends got sizzled.

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6 Responses to Preparing For A Show

  1. OK, so Chirita is now Primulina? I like Chirita better. Mine all just about the same stage as yours. Flowers soon!

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    1. Chirita is now several different genuses--I think most of the ones I grow were shunted into Primulina.

      You have 'Dreamtime,' too? Was it from a cutting mailed to you about a year, year and a half ago? If so, I know the plant it came from!

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  2. I have a question. Is it detrrimental to the plant to cut off the section of damaged leaf? I tend to do so for strictly cosmetic reasons but have wondered if I'm harming my plants!

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    1. Well, SHBG, it depends.

      My general answer would be "no." The damaged portions aren't contributing to photosynthetic goodness nor to aesthetic appeal. As long as you make a clean cut with as-sterile-as-you-can-make-'em tools (wipe with ethanol, put through the dishwasher, however you like to get your scissors really clean), and don't take too much of the leaf off, it should be fine. If you're chopping down leaves every week and drastically reducing the plant's green photosynthetic area, it will eventually mess the plant up. But if it's an infrequent thing or just tiny snips that don't take off huge chunks of green growth, then I'd say it's fine!

      On my plant, because it only has about 8 leaves, I have left the damaged ones on. They're also slightly yellow, but that is (I think) because of overwatering. The potting soil I have it in is water-retentive, but the top dries out, and I water it without thinking. I have issues with overwatering.

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  3. Found the pic in the gesneriad newsletter of the momma of your plant--that's a seriously large *house* plant! Can't wait to see the blooms.

    Peaches

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    1. Hah, you mean this pic, Peaches?

      That's me standing next to it! (Pre-Saudi Arabia: The plant I grew from an offset before is gone. This current plant was a small offset I picked up during a grooming session at the greenhouse in September 2011.)

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