Diary Entry No 33 - Propagation
I grow a few Chinese gesneriads, mainly species of Petrocosmea and Chirita. The Petrocosmeas mostly flower in the winter, while the Chirita flower in the summer. They have proved fairly hardy in recent hard winters, only needing protection below about -6C.
Petrocosmea grandiflora flowers in late autumn and into winter, the last picture of my first ever diary entry shows this in flower in the middle of winter
Here’s the main plant as it looks now, in autumn, the flower buds are already forming in the leaf axils.
Petrocosmeas are rather like hardy versions of the houseplant Saintpaulia (commonly known as African violet) and leaf cuttings can be taken in the same way.
More Leaf Cuttings
Earlier in the year I bought a plant of Heloniopsis acutifolia from Crug nursery in
Watering the bulbs
This time of year is when I have to take stock for the autumn and winter ahead. I am already busy with jobs for the
Not just bulbs
Of course, I am using the term 'bulb' to mean all those plants with an underground storage system, including true bulbs, corms, tubers and rhizomes.
Here's a few "not strictly bulbs" to finish
Colchicum aff confusum
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