new blog entry, a very odd plant!

greenlarry(UK 8/9)October 25, 2012

Fancy having a really weird plant in your garden?

Here is a link that might be useful: One weird and amazing plant!

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cactusmcharris

No, because it would rapidly die most of the year here. That one takes very specialized care. The most successful growers I knew used a two-pot system, a tall one holding the plant and a squat one, at the bottom of the pot holding the plant, the ends of the roots tickling the bottom pot.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 8:33AM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Yea, I wasnt seriously suggesting one tries growing a Welwitschia at home! Just a sly hint at the difficulties involved in propagating this cool plant.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 9:41AM
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plantomaniac08(8)

I thought maybe I'd seen, well not it all, a good enough bit but I've never seen one of those before! Very odd...

Planto

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 12:05PM
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birdsnblooms

Larry, that IS one unusual succulent..
Did you see the flowers? Amazing.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 12:11PM
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johnsonm08(5a)

Well.......
Its about 18mo old from seed.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 12:44PM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Oh Johnson, you have one! Coo wul!

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 2:13PM
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birdsnblooms

John, what are your plans when it's larger? Did you read the article Larry posted?

Wonder how big/old it has to be before blooming???

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 2:20PM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Well if it does flower there wont be any seeds unless you have a second plant of the opposite sex. Makes a cool plant to have tho!

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 5:46PM
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johnsonm08(5a)

I read about this a couple of years ago, and when some seed was available I thought I would try it out. I've seen it grown in a clay sewer tile standing on end to accommodate the long tap root--but I have also read that its not necessary---I guess I'll see. As for the fungus, it was a problem --I soaked the seed overnight in Benomyl on this last one and it did fine though. I think I read somewhere that with excellent growing conditions it could flower in 2yrs or so.
Mike

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 9:41PM
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karyn1(7a)

Miles has seedlings for sale, or at least did a few weeks ago. I was tempted but didn't go for it.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2012 at 10:25AM
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Polly381(5/6)

thanks for posting larry, I enjoyed reading about it. I bet it provides shelter for some animals too.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2012 at 11:42AM
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