Monday, August 18, 2008

just found..Echeverias ..Pachyveria scheideki??

Echeverias are rosette forming succulents and flower like heads can be only a centimetre or two across or giants with heads up to 60cm.

Flower stems appear generally in the summer months with tall upright spikes each
carrying a number of upside down flowers ranging from 3mm to 20mm long.
Flowers stems can be attractive when first open but in some species becomes messy
after a month or two and can be removed for cosmetic reasons.
Over the years intensive hybridising has developed many new echeveria forms,
some from improving original species and others from the crossings of different species.
In some cases these hybrids have involved intergeneric crossings.
Some examples are.
Echeveria x Pachyphytum = Pachyveria
Sedum x Echeveria = Sedeveria
Graptopetalum x Echeveria = Graptoveria

My Echeverias measures 26cm high and 23 cm wide.
Perhaps a Pachyveria scheideki??

I found this plant in a small variety store nearby with no tags attached.

Echeverien sind meist immergrüne, mehrjährige, sukkulente Pflanzen, die mehr oder weniger dichte stammlose oder am Ende von Trieben befindliche Blattrosetten bilden. Viele Arten bilden auch kleine Sträucher. Die Blätter sind dickfleischig. Die Stängel der Blütenstände werden seitlich in Blattachseln gebildet. Die Blütenstände haben fleischige Hochblätter und variieren von verzweigten Thyrsen bis einfachen Trauben mit allen Übergängen. Die radiärsymmetrischen, fünfzähligen Blüten sind rot, orange, rosa, seltener gelblich. Die Sepalen und Petalen sind kantig bis gekielt und basal röhrig verwachsen; die Blütenhülle ist dadurch glocken- bis krugförmig.

Echeveria is a large genus of succulents in the Crassulaceae family, native from Mexico to northwestern South America.
The genus is named after the 18th century Mexican botanical artist, Atanasio Echeverría y Godoy.
Many of the species produce numerous offsets, and are commonly known as 'Hen and chicks', which can also refer to other genera such as Sempervivum that are significantly different from Echeveria.
Many Echeveria species are popular as garden plants. They are drought resistant, although they do better with regular deep watering and fertilizing. Most will tolerate shade and some frost, although hybrid species tend to be less tolerant. They can be propagated easily by separating offsets, but may also be propagated by leaf cuttings, and by seed if they are not hybrids. Echeverias are polycarpic, meaning that they may flower and set seed many times over the course of their lifetimes.
Most lose their lower leaves in winter; as a result, after a few years, the plants lose their attractive, compact appearance and need to be rerooted or propagated. In addition, if not removed, these shed leaves may decay, harboring fungus which can then infect the plant.


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Zamioculcas zamiifolia and Ginseng Ficus ...

Ginseng Ficus

Zamioculcas zamiifolia

New plants for our livingroom.
Neue Pflanzen für unser Wohnzimmer.

Discovered recently in Germany and Sweden. First I searched the Internet in Canada for a supplier. No good information was available.
Later the same day I was able to purchase the plant at Sheridan Nursery in Toronto-East.Zamioculcas is a genus of flowering plant in the family Araceae, containing the single species Zamioculcas zamiifolia. It is a tropical perennial plant native to eastern Africa, from Kenya south to northeastern South Africa. Zamioculcas is grown as an ornamental plant, mainly for its attractive glossy foliage. It can be kept outdoors as long as the temperature does not fall below around 15 °C (59°F); best growth is between 18 °C to 26 °C (64.4° - 78.8 °F).

Hot temperatures give an increase of leaf production. In temperate regions, it is grown as a houseplant. Over watering may destroy this plant; erring on the side of dryness is preferable to risking tuber rot. Do not use leaf shiners. A quarter or eighth strength liquid fertilizer such as fish emulsion or worm-cast liquid may be used once a month at the warmest period for potted specimens. Bright, indirect light is best for Zamioculcas, although it will tolerate very low light. Some sun will be tolerated, very early in the morning for hot districts – morning or afternoon for cooler districts.

  • Die Pflanze stammt ursprünglich aus Ostafrika.
    Zimmerpflanze ist die Zamioculcas inzwischen recht beliebt, obwohl sie erst seit etwa 1996 kultiviert wird. Die Pflanze ist sehr pflegeleicht, da sie sowohl mit wenig Licht auskommt aber auch gerne in hellen Räumen steht. Entsprechend ihrem Naturstandort ist sie auch längere Trockenzeiten gewohnt und muss daher nur mäßig gegossen werden.

    Ginseng Ficus Bonsai Tree (Ficus Retusa)
The Ficus Ginseng bonsai, is also known as Banyan Fig bonsai and Taiwan Ficus bonsai. The Retusa has small dark green leaves which alternate up the stem and which are more oval than the Benjamina.
Ficus Ginseng have grey to reddish bark dotted with small horizontal flecks, similar to tiger-like markings. All have heavy trunks with exposed aerial roots. Among the most tolerant, versatile and trouble-free bonsai trees for indoor use.
Suitable 6" x 8" humidity tray is recommended.

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

now in bloom...winter hardy hibiscus..rose mallow, swamp mallow

The Mallow family (Malvaceae) has over 100 relatives. Okra is a native of Ethiopia which is also home to beans, peas, and coffee. Cotton is another genra. The Blue Mahoe of Jamaica is a large tree with 6 inch orange/yellow flowers that turn crimson during the day. It is used for cabinet making and is also native to Cuba where the inner bark is used for cigar wrap. Other genera include Rose of Sharon. Hollyhock and of course, Hibiscus.

The Hibiscus genus has 200+ species including Tropical Hibiscus with thousands of varieties; and, the North American Moscheutos also called Swamp Mallow.
Popular Hardy Hibiscus offerings are almost all based on Moscheutos.

Here's how they differ from Tropical Hibiscus:
It is a woody perenniel, dies back in winter. Last for at least 10 seasons.
Actually requires cold weather. Plant wintering evidentally involves production of hormones required for spring growth and flowering.
Propagate by cuttings, some by seeds. Water heavily until established.
Does very well in wet soil, full sun. Tolerates drought.
Buds are 2-4 inches long.
Has large flowers up to 12 inches: white, pink, red, plum, no yellows and last 1 day.
Relatively few varieties, no doubles.
When they die back in winter, prune dead foliage, and when the ground is frozen, mulch heavily to keep it cold.
They will probably be the last thing to sprout in the next Spring, fertilize early and lightly tip-prune after initial growth. But they grow rapidly up to 8 ft in height.
Disease resistant, but look out for spider mites and Japanese beetles. On the internet you can use a special Google search to locate books containing information about hardy hibiscus.
Much of the above information is based upon the book, “Hibiscus”, by Barbara Lawton Perry.

Der Roseneibisch (Hibiscus moscheutos), auch Sumpfeibisch genannt, ist eine Pflanzenart aus der Gattung Hibiskus (Hibiscus) in der Familie der Malvengewächse (Malvaceae).

Es ist eine winterharte, mehrjährige krautige Pflanze. Sie erreicht Wuchshöhen bis über 2 Meter. Die oberirdischen Pflanzenteile sterben im Winter ab; die Pflanze treibt im Frühling neu aus dem Wurzelstock aus. Die Blätter sind ungeteilt; sie sind 15 bis 20 cm lang und 5 bis 7 cm breit. Die Blätter sind auf der Unterseite samtig behaart, auf der Oberseite unbehaart.
Die Blüten sind etwa handtellergroß; sie erreichen Durchmesser von etwa 15 Zentimetern, bei vielen Zuchtformen jedoch auch bis zu 30 cm. Sie sind weiß oder rosa, teilweise zart dunkelrosa überhaucht, in der Mitte um den Stempel hellrosa bis dunkelkarmin schattiert. Die einzelne Blüte blüht nur einen Tag lang. Es gibt keine Befruchtungsinsekten hierzulande; H. moscheutos stammt aus Nordamerika.

Sources from wikipedia &Barbara Perry Lawton Book "Hibiscus" pyblished by Timber press.

Pictures: guild-rez - from ur Guildwood garden