Re: Purple Heart
- Subject: Re: Purple Heart
- From: maria guzman mirror@3RIVERS.NET
- Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2004 17:22:20 -0700
Claire - thanks for the extended advice which I found quite interesting. I
think I'll just let nature take its course with the Purple Heart. I used
to use the first one for hybridizing purposes (bought it from Faye
Brawner), but this clone from Marilyn Holt seems to be semi-sterile which
has me puzzled. I'm through fretting over it.
I had a Vancouver Centennial when I lived on the west coast: a large,
gorgeous, bushy plant that thrived in our California sun. I brought it
with me to Montana, cut it back, took cuttings, and they all expired like
yours. I've learned since that it's sterile and I don't have window room
for any (well, very few) pellies that can't do double duty as pollen or
seed parents. So: RIP.
But I have to say 'White Splash' sounds intriguing. I'll look it up.
>In a message dated 1/26/04 11:33:22 AM Eastern Standard Time,
>> overwater. Maybe it's just highly sensitive and hates winter (like me)?
>I read your post and was thinking that plant of yours might need to be
>discarded and give it's space to one that likes your conditions.
>I campare it to Vancouver Centennial which is my nemesis. There are great
>red glowing pots of this in every pellie publication and on the west coast
>it overflows containers handsomely. But here in my winter plant
>conservatory it is a terminal case every winter. I have purchased a dozen
>or more of this plant. I thought it would improve a winter collection of
>all green, lots of green plants.
>The color disappears from the weak sun, the roots become smaller and
>smaller and will not support the top growth, leaves shrivel up and fall
>off. I slice off the best growth and place into my best rooting
>conditions and it develops the dreaded black leg disease. I will never
>buy another though it is common in the ever improving greenhouses in our
>area every spring. I look at the tags and demand to know where these
>"bought in" plants are coming from because I know that they do not like
>New York State. This "easy" selection is featured in every book and
>article on Pelargoniums.
>So, get rid of Purple Heart.
>On a happier note, I have a recommendation for those of us in Northern
>climates in the US. There is a hybrid called 'White Splash' which will
>grow and bloom and thrive all year around in the North. It is a happy
>everbloomer and roots easily at any time of the year. As far as I can
>see, it is a sterile blossom which may explain it's exuberance. In
>summer it is covered with flowers constantly and will multiply itself
>happily with little trouble. When all the other Pelargoniums are
>requiring some attention to having to live in the cold North of the US,
>'White Splash' is blooming away with no loss of leaf. Some other pellies
>are healthy but none bloom as this one does. It is part of a series by
>some large hybridizer with the others in the series not as well
>recommended as this one. I root new plants every summer, late around the
>end of August, and keep over smaller plants of all the Pelargoniums.
>Mine is living at around 50-60 degrees F. (10 - 15 C.) forgotten by the
>watering can from time to time, about 10 inches from a window covered with
>ice and still today has about six fully open blossoms with many buds below
>I did not like the colors of this plant originally when given to me by a
>friend who said that it was made for the North but one cannot everything
>and I have grown to love the plant. It is a great companion for the winter
>bloom bulbs, Hippeastrum and Veltheimia as it blends with those colors.
>It looks good with forced tulips. By spring three or four rooted cuttings
>in an eight inch pot is a small shrub.
>NYS US zone 4 awful cold winter, lots of snow