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Re: Ivies

Hi William,

Yes, I have a collection but it is more like an addiction!  I may sell a
small amount when I accompany a fellow in Sacramento to his garden club
speaking engagements.  But, am not ready yet.  My goal is only to promote
windowsill plants in the Sierra foothills and promote interest in more than
the generic commercial cultivars.

Jerry Stewart has a website now, and sells from an availability list.  There
is also P&J Greenhouses owned by Jean and Paul Hausermann in BC, with has
quite a selection.

The list is sometimes active and sometimes not.  Hope that someone soon
writes you regarding your ivies.  Do you belong to any of the IGS branches
in southern California?  Their shows are about to start soon.  Perhaps you
can meet up with some people who grow ivies there.  Know a lady on the
central coast who loves them, but she is not on-line.


-----Original Message-----
Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2004 8:31 PM
Subject: Re: Ivies

Hi Sandy,

It's been a long time since I took cuttings so I can't give you any
special advice on the subject.  However I don't think there is much
difference between rooting zonals and rooting ivies.  I've done it
mainly with ivies, in water, sand, and directly in a potting soil,
both with and without a rooting powder.  I haven't noticed any
particular advantage of one way over the other.  The one precaution I
think worth observing is to make a sharp clean cut just below a node,
preferably with a razor blade.

Your selection of new plants suggests that you are building a diverse
collection.  Is this collection driven by the love of an amateur or
are you planning to go into the business yourself?

I checked out the Holt Geraniums website and it seems like a well-run
operation.  Have you ever dealt with the New Leaf Nursery in Vista, CA
run by Gerald Stewart?  I don't know him myself, but I visited the
nursery in the 1980s when it was just getting started as I recall.

I understand there are supposed to be about 115 subscribers to this
list.  You are the only one with whom I have corresponded so far.
Having just joined it myself, I have no idea how many others are
active on the list or how often mail is posted to it.

William    =20

>Hi William,
>Thanks for sharing your memories and your experience with the ivies.
>I have ordered the following, and guess they are mostly dwarf and some =
are balcon ivies and the description is as it comes from Holt Geraniums. =
 They have not arrived for which I am thankful since not quite ready for =
>Frances Parmenter: =91Mini Lilac Cascade=92 but with each leaf having a =
wide white border. A lovely dwarf plant.
>Balcon Ivy
>Oldbury Cascade A mini Balcon-type. Leaves green with a wide border from=
 cream to gold. Single red flowers. Very striking combination!
>Balcon Ivy
>Remsquelle Variegatum: Single pale pink almost white with a red dot on =
top petals. Variegated golden green with white foliage.
>Balcon Ivy
>Golden Lilac Gem: Stiff, waxy green leaf with a wide gold border. Double=
 lilac bloom. Short to medium trailing.
>Golden Tears: Light gold, stiff leaves, shield shaped, slightly scented.=
 Flowers are double pale lavender. Very compact, dwarf.
>Ivy stringer =BD dollar or silver dollar sized leaf, shade
>Laced Sugar Baby: Semi-double pink bloom, green leaves are veined with =
white. Small, dwarf ivy that blooms profusely. Very attractive!
>I was given Rose Evka and it has one bud now.  And, another person gave =
me Sunset Marble aka Wood's Surprise.  Also have a very tiny Golden Baby =
which is a sport of Gay Baby.  It has been a very slow grower - got it at=
 the board meeting in January and still pretty small.  That one is in the=
 greenhouse, other two on the deck right now.
>Can you tell me how the ivies differ as far as taking cuttings?  Have =
grown the zonals almost exclusively at this stage, though had a garden of=
 regals as a child.  In the bay area everything grew, and it seemed I =
just rammed a regal cutting into the ground with no problems.

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