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.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
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.


    Bookmark   February 13, 2008 at 1:52PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
dorisbb(6 PA)


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.


    Bookmark   February 13, 2008 at 2:05PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

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
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Nyc gesnariads
Anyone in nyc want to trade leaves/cuttings? Rather...
ID? Episcias?
Any thoughts? On I looked it up and...
My new least for now.
Fred's Monday Morning. One of newest streps, really...
Hey guys, I have a Sinningia Darth Vader plant. I have...
Problems with a strep
Hi Folks, Thought I'd post this here. Of five streps...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™