Got the REAL Wildfire!!
So after realizing that my grafted Wildfire might be an imposter... I was determined to find the real deal. Then when James mentioned Bud I realized that I should look for it closer to home. A call to Bud led to a really nice man, John which led to an awesome adventure today.
In the front of John's house is a blooming beauty... Sally Moragne. She is beautiful for sure, but more importantly she smells wonderful. I just love her sweet fruity scent. I am definitely going to have to hunt her down!
From the left is Cyndi Moragne (which I already have). That tall tree next to it is Wildfire!! Then Hilo Beauty and then ET Lemon Drop. All are blooming.
Here is a closer look of ET Lemon Drop.
Just so you can see how large ET Lemon Drop's leaves are... that is John's hand for reference.
Here is his blooming Hilo Beauty. Gorgeous! At first I was so excited because the blooms look great even in our cooler temps, but then I remember that my Hilo Beauty is struggling big time. She is stuck at the claws stage for 4 weeks now. :( I have no idea what she's doing but I am hoping she will pull through. I just amputated all 3 tips from my largest Waimea... I don't want to lose Hilo Beauty as well.
On a happier note look what I found!
Wildfire... the real thing. John's plants came directly from Bud's tree, so there is no question about her authenticity. This 3-tips beauty is about 2.5-3' tall and so healthy looking. John said it took him TWO years to root them, so they are not easy to root.
But of course I just couldn't stop there.
I had to buy a bigger one too! This one is around 3.5-4' with 5 tips. I am hoping btw these two one will bloom for me this summer.
Here they are side by side. My two new babies.
So I went from happy to ecstatic when I found this!
Saigon Moon. Do you see what I see?
4 tips with one inflo!! I have been looking for this since last year when Laura posted a picture of her Saigon Moon but I couldn't find it until now. This plant is very special to me.
Here are the new additions to the family!
They are so healthy and well cared for. You can tell how much John loves his plants by the way he gently placed them in my van.
Thank you John! You made me very happy! :)