How tall will my Begonia luxurians get (contest)
There's nearly a month to go in Spring, and already my Begonia luxurians, including its pot, has hit the 6 foot mark. Over the last couple months it has been growing at the rate of about a foot a month. I live in a pretty mild climate, 25 miles South of San Francisco, so I get more heat than they do (average upper 70s in the summer), but rarely extreme heat. Due to the quirks of local geography, last winter, a fairly cold one, was frost-free. All of these combine to prooduce the potential for growing a decent-sized plant.
Here's the plant today, along with a few other inhabitants of my jungle:
The plant is now 5 ft 3 inches (63 inches) above the surface of the pot. This compares with 3 ft 6 inches (42 inches) at the beginning of April. Here's a comparison:
The plant is in a pot that is only 2 or 3 gallons. At the moment I'm supporting 6 canes with a combination of four 6-foot and two 4-foot bamboo stakes. I will extend the stakes if necessary, but I'm disinclined to insert any new stakes longer than 6 ft.
I'm looking for guesses as to how tall this will end up. I'm going to follow this at least through the end of the year.
However, I thought it would be fun to turn this into a contest. For the purposes of the contest. I'm curious of guesses, to the nearest inch, of the height of the tallest cane above the pot as of October 15.
Whoever gets closest on October 15th I'll send the following for the price of shipping. Note that the pots are small so as to minimize shipping costs.
Comments on the plants that I'll send for shipping (in the U.S. of course):
The Begonia luxurians has weak rooots only at the moment. Begonia 'Freddie' is propagated via a rooted leaf sector. The Rudy's luxurians is a fresh cutting that I'm rooting in perlite. The Calla 'Hercules' is of course the one non-Begonia. A freshly sprouted bulbil, it will hopefully grow considerably over the next few months.
If any of the plants have problems over the next few months, I'll attempt to replace them, with the same if possible.
If you want to guess, but are not interested in the plants for postage, please do. Feel free to pass the plants on to a person of your choice.
So the height starts today at 63 inches above the pot. How tall will the tallest cane be on October 15th?