(pic) Optimara's Little Azurite :-)

m3rma1d(inside)February 8, 2008

For those who don't know, I'm on a mission to collect all of the plants from Optimara's "Little Gems" series. I only have two so far, Little Diamond and Little Azurite. (I used to have 3, but Little Moonstone kicked the bucket )

But anyhooz, back to Little Azurite.

With the deep blue-purple and crisp white edge, this one is just so.... HANDSOME! Even my boyfriend really likes this guy.

I wish this wasn't the very most favorite plant I own, it needs some SERIOUS sucker-surgerizing--but, being my favorite, I am way too scared to mess with it. (But I promise I won't yell at everyone here and blame you all for it LOL!)

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fred_hill(6)

Hi,
Don't be scared to take off the suckers. In time they will ruin the shape of the plant if you leave them on. When you are removing the suckers and leaves and are repotting it, put a couple leaves down in light soil mix and more likely than not you will have more than you can handle.
Fred in NJ

    Bookmark   February 8, 2008 at 8:52PM
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dragonfly2008

Beautiful plant! I always like the purples.
I have Optimara Little Moonstone. Love that plant! Actually I have lots of little moonstones because there has been a lot of suckering and I can't resist potting them up. Did you know that Optimara Little Moonstone is on the cover of the 2008 AVSA calendar?

    Bookmark   February 9, 2008 at 10:07AM
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m3rma1d(inside)

I didn't know about that 'cos I haven't gotten a calendar yet--I finally joined AVSA a couple weeks ago, but the calendars were outta stock :-(

Lemme know if you ever wanna trade (or $ell) a Little Moonstone when the weather warms up!! :-)

    Bookmark   February 9, 2008 at 5:25PM
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dragonfly2008

Yes I would be happy to trade when the weather gets better!

    Bookmark   February 10, 2008 at 8:46AM
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krystyna1937

What a beautiful flower! Excellent photography, too.
By all means take off the suckers and plant them separately, both the parent and the sucker will thrive the more.
Thanks for sharing this.
Krys

    Bookmark   February 11, 2008 at 6:35PM
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m3rma1d(inside)

Everytime I mess with things and go sucker-cutting, the suckers never make it, and the parent plant starts going South too...
So, I know I *shouldn't* be scared, and I *should* be cutting them off... But I'm a big wuss!

Still, at least I won't come and blame you all for my shortcomings :-D

    Bookmark   February 11, 2008 at 6:43PM
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angel2008

gosh dang it mermie, go and take those suckers off. While your at it have you attempted to do any hybridizing yet. Dont be chicken. See ya later in chitty chat.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2008 at 7:15PM
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m3rma1d(inside)

"gosh dang it mermie, go and take those suckers off. While your at it have you attempted to do any hybridizing yet. Dont be chicken. See ya later in chitty chat."

LOL Who is this!? You obviously know me all too well...
See you in chitty chat tonight, indeed!

    Bookmark   February 11, 2008 at 7:44PM
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