Is there a compact non-trailing columnea?

dorisbb(6 PA)February 12, 2008

I am a novice, returning to indoor gardening after about thirty years. I used to love to grow columneas, but now I have limited space and no window suitable for a hanging plant. (Well, there is one nice window, but it's owned by my two cats, who are considerably younger and faster than I am. Any plant that tries to steal their sunshine eventually winds up in a pathetic heap on the floor.) Can anyone recommend a compact columnea that would not overpower a 27-inch light stand? Thanks in advance for your help.

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irina_co(z5 CO)

Doris -

I think they all eventually overpower... I have a slow grower - Midnight Lantern - that really does better for me under the lights and on the mat. I would think that anything variegated will be a slow grower - like Light Prince. Columnea crassifolia is an upright one - but with time it gets big too.
What about aeschynanthus humilis? It is a compact upright plant with very bright red "candles".

Did you think about hanging your columnea above the cats? They really like it in the air.

Irina

    Bookmark   February 13, 2008 at 1:52PM
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dorisbb(6 PA)

Irina:

Thank you so much. I'm going to see whether I can find one of the ones you mention. I'll probably get an aeschynanthus too, if I can fit them both in, but I really do want a columnea. It's this infantile craving that can't be assuaged with substitutes. As for hanging it, there is no such thing as "above" the cats--or at least not above Lucy--unless I were to install cathedral ceilings. She had a wonderful time with a spider plant that I thought was safe. But she's small, agile, and fearless, and she hung onto the rim till she brought it down.

Doris

    Bookmark   February 13, 2008 at 2:05PM
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james_ny(z7 NY)

I think "fujijama" is an uprite grower. I just bought an aeschynanthus "rigel" thats upright and is listed as a light garden plant so I hope it stays small. Try Logee's, they have a good selection. I was just there [it's in Connecticut, I stop there whenever I go to Foxwoods Casino]. They have many photos on their web site.

Here is a link that might be useful: logees

    Bookmark   February 28, 2008 at 8:52PM
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maureen_ottawa(z4)

Yes. But there aren't many. Check out the columnea article and pictures on this site.

There are a few that are branching and can be kept compact too.

Here is a link that might be useful: Gesneriad reference site

    Bookmark   March 4, 2008 at 11:24AM
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