(Some of) What’s New:
New kohleria hybrids from Taiwan! For those who haven’t tried kohlerias, they are just about the easiest to grow (and hardest to kill) houseplants there are. Given good light (about the same as for violets), they’ll bloom nearly every day of the year. We grow many of ours in windows as well as under lights. More information can be found on our “plant care” pages.
Here are just some of the spectacular new hybrids that we’ve added to our collection:
Designer Evening Gown. Creamy white face heavily dotted with dark burgundy-purple, salmon-pink backing. Dark, serrated, foliage with red backing. A larger grower and heavy bloomer when mature.
Designer Halloween. Spectacular, a must have! Blooms have dark blackish-burgundy lobes and netting on white to chartreuse face and purplish-pink backs. Dark green, red-backed, pointed, serrated, foliage. Stiffy, upright grower and heavy bloomer. Wow!
HCY’s Peach Queen. Terrific grower. Large salmon-orange backed blooms with cream face spotted with dark orange-red. Dark, red-backed foliage on stiff, red, stems. Vigorous grower and good bloomer.
Seems like another cold, hard, winter, and according to our groundhog friend we’ve got another 6 weeks of it. Still, we’ve only missed one week of shipping due to extreme weather. To avoid the coldest weather, this sometimes means shipping later in the week than we normally would, so be patient if you’re expecting a delivery from us–you’ll get an email telling you when your order has been shipped.
Mini wicking pots are back in stock. For those waiting for certain varieties of primulina (aka chirita), we’ve been busy potting these and a wider selection should be available soon.
This month’s question:
I bought this plant from you a few years ago. About a month ago, I noticed it wilting even though I watered it. A couple of weeks ago I pulled it out of the soil and saw that there were no visible roots! I repotted it, but it is getting worse. What do you recommend I do?
If the plant is wilted, even after watering, this can be a sign that the plant’s root system has been damaged and it no longer can use the water you’re providing it. Once this has happened, watering more can make the problem worse, by further damaging the roots that remain. This seems to have been the case here.
If the center/new growth of the plant is still firm, you can try to reroot or “restart” the plant. Remove all of the damaged (likely outer, or older) leaves. If the roots don’t appear healthy, you may remove what remains of them as well. To reroot, fill a small pot (no larger than 2 1/2″) with soil. Moisten the soil (not soggy), make a small “divot” in the soil surface, then firmly place the base of the plant crown in the divot. Make sure the plant is firmly in soil and not wobbly. Place plant and pot in a clear, plastic bag or container and seal. It should reroot in 4-6 weeks, at which time you can remove from the bag.
To avoid this happening again, use a light soilless potting mix, containing plenty of vermiculite and perlite–use more perlite the wetter you keep the soil. Don’t use pots whose diameter is more than 1″ larger than the plants root system (i.e. don’t “overpot”). Repot plants every 6-12 months, providing them with fresh soil. All of these practices will help to keep your plant’s roots happy, which will lead to a happier plant.
For more information on restarting plants, see our lesson on“restarting” a plant on our plant care pages.
Can hoya be grown successfully in hydroculture?
Yes! In fact, we have two plants that have been growing and blooming, rooted in nothing but water (in plastic soda bottles) for the past few years. They sit in the east-facing window of our workplace restroom.
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