Anyone have Deppea splendens in bloom?
Deppea splendens is in full bloom in the San Francisco Bay Area and I'm curious where else in the country people have been growing and blooming this plant. Have people succeeded with it in greenhouses? Outdoors in the summer and indoors in winter? Outdoors all year in Florida?
Deppea splendens is a cloudforest plant from the mountains in Mexico. I understand it doesn't necessarily need to be grown under cool conditions, and can bloom in places such as the Huntington Gardens (Near Pasadena, CA) which gets warm summer days but cools off at night (roughly 90/60 in summer). However, I've been told by a couple people that they had not been able to grow it in the heat of California's Central Valley (for example near Sacramento).
This species is becoming more available in California, and I wanted to give a couple of the places I've seen it for sale recently.
I've bought the plant a couple of places. A few years ago I got a 5 gallon plant for about $40 from Sloat Nursery in SF. The plant was from the wholesaler San Marcos Growers. It lives at my mom's place and is starting to bloom, with a ton of buds. Last year it bloomed from about September to March, and it appears ready for a repeat. On Monday it looked like this:
I counted 16 flower/bud spikes (or whatever the correct term) on the whole plant.
This summer I picked up a plant in a 4 inch pot for about $10 at The Dry Garden Nursery in Oakland. This is it on Thursday:
I was recently at the Dry Garden and they were still selling these (also from San Marcos Growers, I think):
They also had plants in 1 gallon pots (for $15, I think. The Trevesias as well):
Annie's Annuals also sells beautiful plants in 4 inch pots (and of course they do mail order):
And I saw some at Strybing Arboretum a week ago, $20 in 1 gallon pots:
Other than it's requirement for essentially frost-free conditions and fairly cool nights, it's not a particularly difficult plant. They can be temperamental and suddenly drop lots of leaves. However, they seem to be reliable bloomers if kept fairly happy. They are reasonably easy from cuttings, and rooted cuttings can bloom at pretty much any size.
There are other Deppea species and I also have Deppea obtusiflora (from UC Botanical Garden in Berkeley), relatively new and hopefully to bloom next Spring. It has small flowers and small glossy leaves. It's completely unlike D. splendens.