Goldfish plant question

garden_gossiper(z5 NH)November 21, 2005

This is a Gesneriad---columnea----Just got two clippings. Can I root it in water???? or will it rot??? Thanks. JanC Z5-NH

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irina_co(z5 CO)

I think your columnea will do much better in a light soil. You can pot it and put it in a ziplock baggie out of direct sun. After it will start growing - keep taking tips off and sticking back in the same pot so you will develop a bushier plant.

African Violets do root in water, but a lot of gesneriads will rot. Another easy to grow geseriad that some people call Goldfish - Nemathantus - is very happy to root in soil - but will refuse to do it in water.

Offtopic:
Funny about these common names - - in Lowe's hardware I saw a nice annual looking plant with tubular orange flowers which was named Cornucopia and was refered as a hummigbird attraction. Why it was labeled Cornucopia - is beyond my understanding. I was able to track it by the hummingbird thing - and it is Cuphea ignea, or "cigar plant".

Good luck with your columnea, they are lovely, keep it on the eastern or western window, they like to be on a cool side to bloom - and try more than one variety. Some are practically everblooming.

Irina

    Bookmark   November 22, 2005 at 2:11PM
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Susan_Spunner(UK)

Hello All,I live in the UK,I am looking for a supplier of the Columnea Microphylla plant-it is proving to be very elusive here in the UK,Can anyone help me in my quest?
Thankyou in advance

    Bookmark   December 4, 2005 at 5:00AM
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