Prudence

jebfarmJanuary 12, 2013

Hello - here is a picture of one of my newest favorite gesneriads, Sinningia 'Prudence Risley' with some pusilla in the front because they are in bloom. Prudence likes to make lots of flowers! It is easy to care for and thrives with just the right amount of benign neglect! I read somewhere that this variety originated from a mixed packet of seed that came from the Gesneriad Society - does any one know for sure the story and background of this plant? I would like to hear it! Thanks so much.

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snappyguy

Those are some extremely nice looking plants! Do you have any experience showing?

    Bookmark   January 12, 2013 at 10:46PM
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jebfarm

Thank you for the nice compliment, I have grown plants for many years, but do not show them - gesneriads are a hobby of mine, a good amount of the plants that I grow are taken to a local market where they are sold.
I had a grandmother that was president of the African Violet Club in Cleveland Ohio during the 1970's and somewhere there is a box in the basement with her ribbons and awards she received showing her african violets. I don't show because the rules would probably consider me a professional, and the gesneriads are more for fun and enjoyment for me than anything else.
Again if anyone knows the real 'dirt' on Prudence Risley, I would greatly appreciate hearing it. Thanks!

    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 9:05AM
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carol222

A question like yours might get a speedier and more detailed answer if you posted your question on Gphiles. Here's the url if you do not belong.
-C

Here is a link that might be useful: Gphiles

    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 12:13PM
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jebfarm

Thank you.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 9:18PM
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aviolet6(7)

Hey I would love a rhizome cutting or tuber from your Prudence plant if you can ever spare a piece. I've been wanting one for awhile. Would reimburse shipping or trade something got it. Please email me.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 11:48AM
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irina_co(z5 CO)

Kartuz.com has them

Great show/grow/bloom plant.

irina

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 12:36PM
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gerris2

'Prudence Risley' is an awesome Sinningia variety. I bought mine when I visited Longwood Gardens and fell for her charms.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 10:54AM
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gerris2

Here is some color from my 'Prudence Risley' I have growing at work in my office cubicle windowsill.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 11:23AM
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JohnnieB(Washington, DC 7a/b)

I don't know the exact parentage but 'Prudence Risley' did NOT come from a packet of mixed seed. It resulted from a controlled cross by a very talented gesneriad hybridizer, Jim Steuerlein.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 8:35PM
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Jannich(8b)

Prudence Risley is a beauty.Thank you all for sharing pictures of your gessies.I love seeing what others are growing..

Jan

    Bookmark   February 22, 2013 at 3:15PM
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gerris2

Hi Jan, I love this one. It grows and flowers with little input from me and I get piles of flowers from it. It's awesome!

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 3:54PM
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jebfarm

- Glad that everyone enjoyed the post, I did find the parentage of Prudence Risley on the Gphiles site, the talented hybridizer that created this plant also has a sister to Prudence - Prusis - but I don't think it has gotten into circulation yet. It is a beauty too!
Here is a picture of Prusis.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 8:13PM
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JohnnieB(Washington, DC 7a/b)

I re-checked and the OP was partially right. The PARENTS of 'Prudence Risley' both came from mixed seeds. One parent was a lavender S. speciosa hybrid and the other was an 'Apricot Bouquet'-like plant. Jim crossed those two plants and got 'Prudence Risley'.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2013 at 5:10PM
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