I had to bring it in... now what?

komi(z7/8 DC)October 6, 2004

One of the seeds from the AGGS packet turned out to be this thing:

I think Jon gave it a tentative id of an annual chirita when it was still a baby. Well, a few months ago, I knocked it over, bending the stalk and breaking the top. But it's still growing.... Now it's about 3 ft tall and about the same wide, and the stem is about 2-3" in diameter. It is growing out of that small grey pot in the picture (6 or 7") - I was hoping that keeping it in a small pot might make it bloom earlier, but no......

Since our temperatures just dropped, I brought it in. I have no natural light to speak of, so the only thing I can provide is some space under the banks of fluorescents. But with the height of the plant, I'm not sure this will work very well.

What do you think? Do I have a chance of getting this to the flower and seed stage?

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Cabarb(Z 9- Fresno, CA)

Wow...I know nothing about that plant (not much help, am I??) but it certainly looks very very healthy! Barb

    Bookmark   October 6, 2004 at 3:23PM
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jon_d(Northern Calif.)

Where is John B. He is the chirita guy. I thought it was one of the annuals but now I don't know. I think it is still a chirita but maybe it isn't annual. I think there are some shrubby species from places like Thailand. I wonder if one of them made it into the mixed seed. Otherwise I just don't recognize it. Try to give it light from the light stand. You could root some cuttings and grow them directly under the lights. Or, make a shelf with lights higher up for taller plants, which is what I have. I am curious to know what it is. You certainly have very nice foliage on it.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2004 at 6:05PM
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komi(z7/8 DC)

hmmm. Well there has been some foliage damage since the picture, which is a few weeks old. I doubt it is shrubby as there is no sign at all of anything woody - the stem looks like 99.9% water. Now I have to boot an orchid from under the lights to make space...... LOL

    Bookmark   October 6, 2004 at 8:40PM
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amilder(z8 Central TX)

I'm also interested in these since I too have 3 of them from the AGGS mixed seeds. Mine are still small though. I agree with the Chirita ID because they are very similar to C. Involucrata that I grew from seed. The biggest difference is the involucrata has smaller leaves. Those plants are pretty big now and show no sign of blooming. I've tried keeping them potbound to keep them small but they don't respond well to that treatment. I may have to toss them since I don't really have room to grow large plants.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2004 at 7:08PM
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susancarol(7)

Well, don't toss them. Offer for postage if nothing else. They're lovely!

    Bookmark   October 21, 2004 at 12:45PM
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