help with achimenes in southern hem.
Hi all and forgive my boldness, wandering out of the Aussie forums and across the Big Pond to the big forums.
I've been sharing Achimenes rhizomes with a friend who now is a little hooked but also thinking of trialling them for basket sale at his nursery (whenever it may open).
He has probs growing and some questions with watering and productions generally on commercial scale - can anyone help?
I chose the varieties to introduce him to these lovely plants maybe they were jut the "wrong" ones for commercial use.
think reversed seasons please and warm temperate to sub/tropical climate as we are upside down you know and a bit closer to the equator :-)
His message is-
"My production ...Achimenes ...The red color is the favorite followed by the pink. Purple comes in third place and lilac is the last on the list. have a problem with the lilac Achimenes that repeats in a lesser scale in the purple ones. After the first flowers bloom, the basket looks like going dormant. In short, it looks ugly . This does not appear to happen in the pink and red colors but only to those that are blueish. The plant has still a lot of flowers to open - too early to look like that. I am wondering if I can improve the performance of these two colors. I know that the best watering for Achimenes and other gesneriads are by capilliary . Although presently I have to water them overhead which is not the best way. My shower handling bar provides a good and soft flow of water. Right after the watering the leaves and stems bend and the basket looks less attractive. After some time the plants react and return a little bit to normal position but never return completely to that perfect look. It does not happen with the redish colors which have more thick leaves and firm stems. I am asking what should I do on the watering and nutrition to correct this small problem. I also found that the blueish colors seem to need more shade then the others. Please forward my situation to your friends and see if any good ideas comes from them.