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Old 04-13-2009, 12:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A Zebrina, on my windowsill. The last couple of leaves are coloring up, nicely. I got this, as a TC liner, 6 months ago.

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Looks good! Are you going to plant this outside once it's a bit warmer? I'm sure it'd really take off then. I love the color it's starting to get...zebrinas are quite stunning.
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It's definitely going outside, when it can. However, I haven't made up my mind yet if it's going in the ground, or a bigger pot. I have basjoo and Musella lasiocarpa along with a variegated Shell Ginger, in the ground, under the mulch now. I also have back ups of these, inside. I have another spot, on the south side of the house, close to the foundation, where I'd like to try an Orinoco, or other most cold tolerant edible. I had planted some Callas there, about 8 years ago, with the intention of digging and storing them in the fall. I never got around to it, and they've come back every year since.
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Cool stuff John. If you've got callas coming back for that long it must be the perfect microclimate.
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You gotta love the red in the leaves, nice picture, good luck with your plant...
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I don't think zebrinas are cold hardy in your region, but it will grow MUCH BETTER (and with less effort) in the ground. That would be my strong recommendation. Then just dig it up in the fall and bring it back inside. If it's too huge, consider chopping it down a bit....I mean, it's an ornamental plant anyway...it's not like you're waiting for fruit or anything. Definitely put it in the ground though, over pot-grown.
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We used to grow zebrina in-ground in our outdoor displays when I was at MBG and they regularly got to be in the 8' range with multiple pups per clump.
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Hey John_ny, you are talking about one of my favs. I love this plant for its maroon splashes and so I went about and got 100+ sds and did some germn hoping to get an extra dark one. I got 40+ sdlg and one of them turned out pretty dark and have been quite stable up to now. Most of the Zebrina have approx 60% of dark coloration. This one has consistently 80-90%. So guys, meet my.....

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Yes, Tog. That one is especially nice.
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That's a beauty, Tog! Liking the red petioles a bunch, too!
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Tog,

That Zebrina has very nice color, what are you feeding it? Also I am wondering about the light intensity there.

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That Zebrina has very nice color, what are you feeding it? Also I am wondering about the light intensity there.

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I hardly feed my 'naners as I don't want them to grow fast. If I do, it's processed chicken dung pellet or the NZ sheep dung sticks. I grow these M-a-s-sumatrana in full sun and shade and I switch them around to see if light intensity affects them. So far it's the same with them. It's fun to germ a whole lot and choose the pick of the litter.
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Tog, you always have the best of everything! I'm always amazed by how great all your plants look and the sheer number of varieties you have.
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Jphn & Tog, those are just soooo pretty. I'm waiting for my tc Siam Ruby to get some color again.
Tog, you can always unload a couple of those seed grown plants way over here LOL.
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Tog is quite fortunate to live where he does, I only wish I had his growing conditions naturally. Most if us have to create the perfect growing environment. Keep on growing them and showing them Tog!!

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John- You mentioned that you have variegated shell ginger in the ground under mulch. How do they overwinter? I would have thought your zone is too cold. Congratulations if they overwinter, and what's your secret?
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No secret, and the results are not known yet, I only left a little piece under the huge cage of leaves, etc. I think the unveiling will be the end of next week, I had read that this could be done, so I tried it. I have more inside, as a back-up, in case it doesn't make it. Next year, as I mentioned for an Orinoco, I will place it in the spot where the Callas have been coming up for 8 years.
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