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This is a discussion on A hankering to try phrags ... within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Zain...that's what I've always worried about, as Texas gets quite hot. But I am hoping ...
Zain...that's what I've always worried about, as Texas gets quite hot. But I am hoping I can grow it indoors, as long as I don't get one that is too large. One thing Texas has is efficient air conditioning!!!
I thought of some more. Barbara LeAnn, Hanne Popow, St. Ouen, Wossen...
Thanks, I'll add those to my list of possibles.
Bruce put his finger on it. I'd say that to have a worthwhile phrag, on the average you want an 8 inch pot - then maybe you have three or four leads, two or three spikes ; height of spikes say 2 or 3 feet. Really well grown they can keep half a dozen flowers on a spike - less well grown then they tend to be sequential, so that there is only one flower open at any one time , and frankly they take up too much room for what they give if that's the case. Some people grow them well in Europe in rock-wool cubes. The Eric Young Foundation in Jersey ( an island in the English Channel between UK and France have done a lot of work on them - they employed a geneticist who did a lot of chromosome doubling to produce tetraploids with some of the early P.besseae crosses. Here in Europe we get to buy their surplus plants after they have flowered out a batch and kept the best for breeding on, so there are a lot available here. I hope to show you a few as the season advances.
Thanks, I look forward to seeing them!
I got a couple of them but the one that flowers most often and each time for an extensive period is 'Eric Young'.
Thanks, everyone for the suggestions & encouragement. I did get brave enough to buy one. Given that my indoor grow area is getting a bit full, I opted to search online for compact phrags. I came up with one called Green Hornet (pearci x longifolium), which I bought, and it arrived Friday. It is compact indeed, but I am told that it is BS, and will likely bloom when its newest growth matures. I am keeping it in a saucer of (rain) water, so its tootsies stay wet, and it is under lights with my miltassias. So far it looks happy. We'll see! if it does well for me, I may make room for some others...but this seemed like a good way to test the waters.