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Re: Coincidence Or?

  • Subject: Re: Coincidence Or?
  • From: "Laurie AE O'Meara" Laurie@LAEOM.COM
  • Date: Sat, 28 Sep 2002 08:49:18 -0400

Cynthia - First, thank you for all your information - Second, I sowed the
seeds in March, in my living room, and it bloomed in August - are you saying
that in April or May when the seedlings were just one to two months old they
set bud - at a height of less than six inches, and an age of under three
months?  These are the scrawniest seedlings I have ever seen,  and so am
just double checking that they could have set seed between starting them in
March and June.  We have had a warmer summer than usual, the heat started
early this year, and although I know what you are saying about drafts, etc.,
the high temperature in my house happens to be a problem now as the house
faces south, the landlord had removed all shade trees.  My living room
literally is like an oven with its south facing windows.  I may have caused
some confusion  - there was a first batch of seeds that I started last
November - the plant I kept from that batch (my reference number plant #
543) has not bloomed (that plant was the one that we discussed putting
outside or in a cooler area of the house)- the two plants that have bloomed
(my ref. #s 154 and 159) are from a second seed batch sown in March, and the
other five plants from this second seed batch have not bloomed.

Laurie A.E. O'Meara

Artist and Horticulturist

ODH, Ornamental Horticulture

Cape Cod, MA USA zone 7


----- Original Message -----
From: "Cynthia Pardoe" <RegalArt@AOL.COM>
Sent: Saturday, September 28, 2002 8:00 AM
Subject: Re: Coincidence Or?

> Dear Laurie,
>     Nice Regal pictures on your site. Congratulations on growing her from
> seed. She does indeed look like a seedling. NOW's the time to make a few
> cuttings on her. Cut above the last leaf on any main branches of the
> Those branches that branch off weird that were recent flowering stems
> them. All the way down to the main branches. Open that plant up, let it
> breathe. Watch out for sucking bugs on the stem nodes and leaf joints and
> around it. Making Regal Tip cuttings is a stand format like zonals
> etc....Start in perlite, no heavy soil.
>     <<<<<Coincidence Or?>>>>>
> Laurie
>     It's not the time that a Regal bloom, blooms, that determines when
> regal plant has already set bloom which occurs in the cooler part of the
> season. Setting bloom can occur in the spring time from early Feb through
> April, May and June then bloom in August. From my many years or growing
> regals the time span that you sowed your seeds tell me that you managed to
> set bud before the real warm temperature came on. The weather conditions
> that time allowed for you to set bud and make your August bloom happen. It
> takes a regal longer to bloom in shade, filtered sun and grown in doors.
> While living in Germany for a couple years this was typically apparent
> growing regals in the house. Blooms came in August if seeds were sowed in
> fall. Cuttings were sooner to bloom in late June and early July.
>     Your house's air flow, drafts from under the door, window seals, etc.,
> will always contribute to cooler areas around the walls of a home and how
> air circulates around a given home. Thus making cooler pockets of air in
> house. That was why I mentioned putting the plant in a cooler area of the
> house for it to set bud and it did, and so lovely a Regal too.
>      My main concern while growing Pelargoniums in a cold winter climates
> the coldness near the windows and the outside walls. I would have a
> thermometer on the window to monitor temperature changes so if it was too
> cold and drafty I would have that bubble insulation handy to keep the
> potential of frost damage under check. Of course from time to time I would
> loose some pelargoniums from the cold especially closest to the window
> at night I forgot to put up the insulation or a vacation I took and a
> storm came  to cool the environment down. Made the house like a ice box.
> We'll anyway, Keep up the good work!
> Happy pruning!
> Cheers
> Cynthia Pardoe

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