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Re: Persian Shield


> "Good
> Idea, Too Much Work."

I have lots of things on that list. There are several things I know how to
do right, but don't get done right.

Kitty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, March 04, 2004 5:21 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Persian Shield


> That's my sense of it, too, Noreen. I don't grow it [although it's
> quite popular here], but if I did, I would probably pinch and chop it
> the way I do Thai basil blooms to keep it producing throughout the
> summer. If one can keep Thai basil from blooming here, one can
> generally keep the plant thriving for two, three, or more years. But,
> for me, that's often a chore consigned to the list that's headed "Good
> Idea, Too Much Work."
>
> On Thursday, March 4, 2004, at 04:59 PM, TeichFlora@aol.com wrote:
>
> > Yes, Kitty, I do grow this plant outside, as a splash of color in the
> > flowerbeds, especially in the shadier areas.  It is perennial here.
> > I never let
> > mine go to bloom, so not really sure when it blooms here.  I prune or
> > pinch the
> > plant often.....like the coleus, since I like bushy plants.  Also, it
> > seems
> > that these plants main purpose is to produce seed to reproduce, so I
> > figure if I
> > keep pinching it, then it will live longer, rather than flower, go to
> > seed,
> > then die.
> > Sorry I'm not much help.
> >
> > Noreen
> > zone 9
> > Texas Gulf Coast
> > In a message dated 3/3/2004 7:35:20 PM Central Standard Time,
> > gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:
> > I don't know actually.  Here in Z5 it is usually grown as an annual
> > and then
> > pitched; repurchased in spring.  I've grown on from cuttings before,
> > but
> > never had the cuttings produce flowers.  I don't know if the growth
> > cycle is
> > totally out of whack on my plants as they've never led a normal life -
> > These
> > are cuttings from plants grown from the previous years cuttings.  I
> > didn't
> > note any indication of flowering when I struck them or I would have
> > chosen
> > other pieces.  I thought someone in our group in the south grows one
> > outside, maybe Noreen?  Does anyone know?
> > Those pics showed just the first flower.  If the whole spike decides to
> > flower, I'll post another pic.
> >
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> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> Zone 10
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