I'm putting this in swaps too, but thought this forum might be more direct. If you have a seed pod available, check out my trade list and let me know.
Hello Rick -
I have a couple terrariums with Sinningia White Sprite blooming now, within the next couple of months there will be ripe seeds - if you can wait that long! You can have any or all of the seeds when they are ready - I'm not interested in a trade - I work for a commercial seed company and grow plant material for market - there is too much going on here as it is and the season has barely begun!
I will let you know when the seed is ready to go.
P.S. Many years ago I grew a nice collection of Pleione species and hybrids and saw that you are interested in them too - they are amazing little orchids! One of the few orchids I have now is Coelogyne cristata, which is supposed to be a member of the Pleione tribe - somehow related but different, one of my favorites.
Hey Jeb! Could you email me at my yahoo addy?
I am also intersted in white spirit seeds.I have some sinningia rio das pedras (can't think of the new name right now.
Thanks for any help.Jan
I tried to email you but I couldn't. I am trying to find episcia seeds. (Any variety) Do you happen to know where I could purchase some??
Question to the White Sprite growers-
Sinningia White Sprite is a white clone of Sinningia pusilla. Will the seedlings reverse to regular blue pusilla? Anybody tried to sow them?
Teisa - there are probably species Episcia seeds in Gesneriad Society seed fund - you need to be a member to get them - but membership is not that expensive -and benefits are good.
The hybrids - different varieties - are never sold as seeds - only as starters and cuttings - because hybrids do not reproduce true. But again - the Fund can have seeds of crosses and sometimes you can get crosses seeds on ebay.
Otherwise - you can order plants from commercial growers.
Violetbarn, LyndonLyon, Out of Africa - or - get them on ebay.
S. pusilla alba (White Sprite) grows 100% true from seed.
Jan - Teisa - I do not have any seed or plants available - good luck with your search.
I sowed another white form of Sinningia - S. cardinalis "Innocent" - and it came true also.
Irene & Jeb
Thanks for your information on hybrids. I did not know that the seeds do not produce true to form. I buy plants on eBay and Violet Barn and I've never ran across any seeds for sale. My mother is wanting to try growing them from seed. I posted a picture of her episcia that is 15 years old on another post!!
I think I will try joining the Gesneriads Society. Thanks for the info.
Yep - a very large plant - looked like Episcia cupreata to me.
Gesneriad seeds rarely sold to the public because the are very minuscule and require extra care to raise. The are not like pumpkins - they do not have too much resources stored - so the seedlings are very small, cannot grow in the open and require babying.
There are so many gorgeous hybrids that reproduce by cuttings - your mother will be very excited.
I posted the link to the internet store that carries good selection.
Here is a link that might be useful: Gary Mikita site