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My Roscoea Plants.

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I fell for these flowers which look like a cross between an iris and an orchid when we visited Jean Bands wonderful garden in Perthshire. I now have four different ones. All were bought as bulbous roots. They look a bit like dahlia tubers but very much smaller.
First one I bought was Roscoea cautleyoides. I do not have a photo editor programme at the moment since my new updated software does not include one. This flower is more yellow than shown here.


Next came R. cautleyoides ‘Harvinton Raw Silk’ this one is very pale creamy yellow.


I next decided to have some purple ones. These are different ones but I could not find their names for the blog. They were both new this year.


Because they seem to like my garden I thought I might try growing them from seed. From the SRGC seed exchange I was lucky enough to be allocated my choices of R. cautleyoides purple, R. cautleyoides yellow and R.cautleyoides ‘Himalaya’. As you can see they are all germinating well. I planted them on 2.3.14. I will give them a little longer in the seed pot before potting on. These are easy to grow and hardy if planted about 4" deep. They are a lovely addition to the dappled shady areas in my garden. They deserve to be grown more widely. They do flower for quite a long time and I think they are still at the cheaper end of the market for unusual bulbs, just because they are not too much in demand as yet. If you can get to the AGS or SRGC shows that is a good place to find them on the traders stalls or at specialist nurseries on line. PS the third photo down has the wrong number on the photo. It is 3729. The number is a ref. to the SRGC 2013 Seed Exchange list which can be viewed on line.

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What fascinating plants, Scotsgran. I'm sure they'll thrive for you!

25 Jun, 2014

 

They are lovely - I don't remember seeing the purple one the other night, I hope it was because it wasn't flowering and not because I wasn't paying attention :)

25 Jun, 2014

 

Aren't they lovely? Looks as though you'll soon be having lots more too - wonder how long you'll have to wait for them to reach flowering size?

25 Jun, 2014

 

Lovely plants Kath, most unusual.

25 Jun, 2014

 

They are intriguing Mel. and I hope to get a few different ones in coming years. Some are not hardy but these all are. You will just need to pop back again Scottish. The first one is at the end of the raised bed nearest to the house. In the same bed but at the far end and in front of the bed is the second one. The first yellow one is in the front garden near the greenhouse, the second, cream one is under the apple tree near the rhubarb.
Steragram I'm not sure how long it takes from seeds to flowers but I do not mind how long it takes. I just wanted to find out if I could be successful in raising plants. One of the HP Geranium seeds that I planted at the same time is still tiny but it has three flowering stems. If I find out how long they take to flower I will add the information.

25 Jun, 2014

 

Sorry Stera you have the wrong Scot but I'm sure Scotkat (Kath) will have some good news for us soon.

25 Jun, 2014

 

Such unusual and interesting flowers. It's nice to have something out of the ordinary :)
I hope your seeds are successful ...

26 Jun, 2014

 

They are really pretty, don't think I've seen them before, hope the seedlings continue to thrive...

26 Jun, 2014

 

Thank you Hywel and Lynclass. They are members of the Ginger family but unlike the South African gingers they come from the Himalayas or the mountain regions in China so are hardy here. Scottish and I both bought Nomocharis seeds at Dunblane SRGC show. I was not sure if the seedlings in one of my pots was Nomocharis so it was good to hear Scottish say hers looked the same as mine. We are both hoping to show good results from that sowing too. Its nice to have a member of Goy living so close so that we can compare plants where we are both just discovering all that the SRGC has on offer, which we would not expect to find in most Garden Centres. OH and I are going to a wedding near Penrith later in the year so I hope to pay a visit to the Hartside Nursery Garden near Alston. I bought the first four tubers from them when they attended SRGC shows near us.

27 Jun, 2014

 

Scotsgran, sorry you've lost me? I don't think I mixed anybody up, or am i being dozy?

27 Jun, 2014

 

Apologies Steragram that should have read Stroller. It is unfortunate that there are three of us with names which are very similar but there is no way of changing to a different name unless one starts a new account as Karensusan/Cottagekaren did.

28 Jun, 2014

 

Yes that's true - t can be confusing sometimes, but you are all so different really.

29 Jun, 2014

 

Yes we are and our gardens reflect that. It is nice to know that joining GOY has not turned us into clones of one another. I think the fact that we are all different generations helps too.

30 Jun, 2014

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