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Re: Weekend plants and stuff

Jim, do you have the Escargot and Maple Leaf begonias?  If not, I must send
you some cuttings.

Andrea H
Beaufort, SC

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org>
To: "Chat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, May 22, 2004 2:00 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Weekend plants and stuff

> I found one pod on my Hong Kong orchid tree a few weeks ago that seemed
> to have viable seeds in it. All the flowers--and there are hundreds of
> them every year--set pods but usually the pods are empty. Anyway, I
> dried this pod and I noticed yesterday that it had split open [they
> twist as they split open, like a wisteria pod--probably to dislodge the
> seeds].
> It had seven seeds, which I planted in a Jiffy pack today with a single
> miracle fruit seed. Don't know if the miracle fruit seed will hatch;
> it's been sitting on my desk for a week and I think they're supposed to
> be planted fresh.
> Then I planted another Jiffy pack with custard apple [Annona
> reticulata] seeds. A woman who works with Ms. Fatma has given us
> several custard apples, also called bullock's heart and Jamaican apple,
> from her tree. This last time I save a dozen segments and this morning
> I plucked the seeds from the saved segments. They are also supposed to
> be planted fresh.
> They are a very interesting fruit. They are about the size of a
> bullock's heart and filled with many clearly defined, easily separated
> segments, each about the size of a clementine segment, with a single
> small torpedo-shaped seed in the center. I should add that the membrane
> the encloses each segment is not at all noticeable the way they
> membrane that encloses a clementine segment is.
> Then I potted up some rooted cuttings of Mexican petunias [Ruellia
> brittoniana] and re-potted two golden barrel cactuses. Very carefully,
> I might add.
> I refreshed the cutting box where the Mexican petunias had been and
> started a whole bunch of new cuttings--three kinds of begonias
> [including one small angelwing that Ceres sent to me a year or two ago]
> and several cuttings of rubber vine [Cryptostegia grandiflora].  It's
> called rubber vine because it has a sticky, latex-like sap.
> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> Zone 10
> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
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