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By Marilyn on Feb 6, 2016 11:29 PM, concerning plant: Petunia (Petunia exserta)

I planted a small pot of petunia exserta in 2014 into a 20 inch container on our sunny patio, together with salvia 'Elk Hot Tamale' growing in it. First time growing these two beauties. In 2015, I didn't disturb the soil in that container and to my pleasant surprise, I not only had salvia Elk Hot Tamale blooming, but petunia exserta also! I'm hoping they both survive our winter and bloom for 2016, but I'm not going to disturb the soil other than gently pulling any weeds. Beautiful and bright flowers for both plants.

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By epsilon113 on Feb 6, 2016 10:18 PM, concerning plant: Million Bells (Calibrachoa Superbells® Dreamsicle)

Hi, I have fresh seed for Calibrachoa / Kablooms. I started some a week ago and they are peeking green already.
Could Someone put my excess to use? I have 50/60 each of three colors. White, Pink, & Blue/purple.
I would like to see these grown. No charge!!!
I have 30 of each started, more than I need for my flower tree.
Email me your addy I'll send them right out.

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By krobra on Feb 6, 2016 6:25 PM, concerning plant: Rabbit Ears (Ruttya fruticosa)

Just a small word of warning if you are trying to save any seed pods , harvest them as soon as the pods turn brown. The pods will explode and eject the seeds soon after they do.

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By CaliFlowers on Feb 6, 2016 12:48 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Crintonic Acquired Taste')

Fairly susceptible to rust. I'd give it a 3 rating.

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By Baja_Costero on Feb 6, 2016 12:47 PM, concerning plant: Dudleya candida

Island endemic from the Coronado Islands off the coast of Baja California near Tijuana. A low, whitish blue, powder-dusted succulent which branches profusely and can grow quite wide over time, relative to the size of individual rosettes. Flowers are similar to the related D. brittonii (greenish yellow and tubular) and attract hummingbirds. The two plants are similar in appearance when young, but candida tends to make shorter, narrower leaves and relatively abbreviated inflorescences compared to the usually unbranched white form of brittonii.

Very difficult to produce viable seed in cultivation, but quite easy to propagate from short-stemmed cuttings.

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By Marilyn on Feb 5, 2016 10:00 PM, concerning plant: Sage (Salvia 'Elk Ruby Ruby')

Flowers By The Sea of Elk, CA, has a new introduction that appears to be another exciting and "must-have" salvia. The flowers are a deep ruby red color that is stunning.

It's listed as hardy to zone 7. I've grown some of his Elk salvias and have found that they are hardy to my zone 6a garden and were grown in containers. I hope to be adding this new one to my garden this year. Looks like "another winner of a salvia."

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By valleylynn on Feb 5, 2016 5:53 PM, concerning plant: Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Rosa Spumanti')

A comment by Truls Jensen:

Rosa Spumanti and Spumanti are siblings but individual cultivars. Spumanti was a volunteer seedling that was profusely netted and that produced many small offsets so that when grown in a container it appears to be foaming over, hence the name Spumanti (foam or sparkling in Italian). Rosa Spumanti is similar except the rosettes are slightly larger and blushed with red and not quite as 'sparkly'.

I'll take a look at the chapter this evening.

Truls
Wild Ginger Farm
24000 Schuebel School Rd
Beavercreek, OR 97004

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By valleylynn on Feb 5, 2016 5:52 PM, concerning plant: Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Spumanti')

A comment by Truls Jensen:

Rosa Spumanti and Spumanti are siblings but individual cultivars. Spumanti was a volunteer seedling that was profusely netted and that produced many small offsets so that when grown in a container it appears to be foaming over, hence the name Spumanti (foam or sparkling in Italian). Rosa Spumanti is similar except the rosettes are slightly larger and blushed with red and not quite as 'sparkly'.

I'll take a look at the chapter this evening.

Truls
Wild Ginger Farm
24000 Schuebel School Rd
Beavercreek, OR 97004

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By kniphofia on Feb 4, 2016 10:52 AM, concerning plant: Spurge (Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii)

This is a superb perennial. I grew it in my Yorkshire garden many years ago and absolutely loved it. It really is stunning and highly recommended. The bracts are a wonderful chartreuse yellow colour. The stems grow one year and in the second year produce the large showy bracts. I wish I had room to grow it again.

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By Bonehead on Feb 3, 2016 2:09 PM, concerning plant: Reed Canary Grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

There seems to be some question whether this is a native or invasive plant in the PNW. I do know I have a lot of it in my damp lower field, and my local Conservation folks would like to discourage its spread. Since it is growing along a fish-bearing stream, their suggestion is to simply plant larger natives where the canary grass is growing, cut the grass back, and eventually the shade from the natives will overpower the grass. I don't mind the canary grass, it looks really pretty in the wind, and I assume the deer snack on it (I know my dog does).

http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/graminoid/phaaru/a...

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By Anderwood on Feb 2, 2016 7:24 PM, concerning plant: Snow pea (Pisum sativum var. macrocarpon 'Green Beauty')

I am excited to try these snow peas! They are said to get eight feet tall, and the pods are sweet and tender up to 7 inches. They are from Adaptive Seeds.

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By Baja_Costero on Feb 2, 2016 11:03 AM, concerning plant: Fan Aloe (Aloe plicatilis)

Slow-growing, multibranched tree aloe with red flowers in winter. This plant comes from a winter rainfall area. Does well in a container for years when young. Does not tolerate very high temperatures (above 105°F/40°C). Susceptible to rot (requires excellent drainage). A highly branched shrub for most of its life, only reaching its full potential size after many years. Grows well from cuttings or seed. In exposed situations, especially during summer, the leaf tips often desiccate and turn black, resulting in a less than perfect appearance. The only aloe with a corky bark.

In a recent attempt at taxonomic revision by South African scientists this plant was placed alone in a monotypic genus (Kumara plicatilis) because DNA evidence suggests it is quite distant from the other aloes, and perhaps closer to Haworthia. So far the community elsewhere is mixed on this decision and the databases have not accepted it.

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By DogsNDaylilies on Feb 1, 2016 6:22 PM, concerning plant: Butterfly Amaryllis (Hippeastrum papilio)

Papilio is a FAST bloomer...I received mine as an unpotted bulb and I potted it the last week of December. By the last week of January, it was blooming!

Edited to add: Careful where you place this, it can produce a decent amount of very sticky nectar.

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By valleylynn on Feb 1, 2016 11:09 AM, concerning plant: Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Pacific First Try')

Information from Kevin Vaughn:

JungleShadows said:Lynn,
BTW I did hear from Janis Noyes that Gary did change the name from 'First Try' to 'Pacific First Try' even though it was introduced without the "Pacific" part.

Kevin

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By SheilaC on Jan 31, 2016 10:31 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Hillbilly Couture')

Yikes!! I uploaded the wrong photos for this one!! Sorry, I'll get the right one when I locate it!

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By frahnzone5 on Jan 31, 2016 5:55 PM, concerning plant: Spotted Geranium (Geranium maculatum 'Espresso')

If your main purpose in planting Espresso is for the dark colored leaves you will be disappointed. They green up by mid-summer. A better choice might be Geranium 'Purple Heron,' which keeps chocolate leaves all season and comes true from seed.

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By valleylynn on Jan 31, 2016 10:10 AM, concerning plant: Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Streaker')

A comment from Kevin Vaughn:

JungleShadows said:There's an amusing story on 'Streaker'. When Ed sent in a picture of that plant to he Sempervivum Society Peter Mitchell didn't believe it and said "It must be an Aeonium". Of course that was really silly as Aeoniums would have NEVER survived the winter in OH!

I was surprised it is still around as it is such a slow grower. Even Ed, who could really grow them well, only had a few plants after several years.

Kevin

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By pirl on Jan 30, 2016 10:03 PM, concerning plant: Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis 'Madeline Hill')

January 31, 2016: I brought the rosemary inside to a sunny kitchen bay window in November 2015 and it's doing the best any rosemary has ever done for me indoors.

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By Evegpt on Jan 30, 2016 10:54 AM, concerning plant: Mexican Giant Cardon (Pachycereus pringlei)

WOW! I love that. I don't usually plant anything with thorns but I'd risk that. Just love it. How long before it gets 5ft? I'm not getting any younger.🕙

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By Dutchlady1 on Jan 30, 2016 9:17 AM, concerning plant: Plumeria (Plumeria rubra 'Tequila Sunrise')

Several people have named plumerias 'Tequila Sunrise'. It was established that this one, by Atom Cholpavee of Thailand, was the first one with the name.

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