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About this rare thing

Today, I noticed a spurt of growth on my two Cantuas. These plants are so revered and rare and therefore very expensive............ well these came as two 9cm plugs through the post via a certain worldwide internet market place named after a large river in Brazil, you get it, and now they are over 3 ft long and very big, taking a lot of room. If I cant fit them back in the greenhouse I think I have cuttings struck somewhere so they have better be hardy. I cannot recall any special treatment I may have given these, they seem as easy as fuchsias, just keep watering they will keep growing. I hope to post these plants in full bloom next spring if I can overwinter them.

Comments (2)

  1. Grower

    Russ n Paul

    I have a cantua buxifolia (?) Got it 2 years ago and kept it in an unheated green house last year... but unfortunately it died in a -7 surprise frost....kicked myself for weeks. The good news is that as you say cuttings strike pretty readily so now have two 3-foot high ones and I have taken a few more cuttings for this year just in case.

  2. Grower

    Rob Johnson, Green & Furry pet and garden care

    That's interesting, I believe it all depends on the clone types on how hardy they are. Someone in the States claimed -15 but this is dreaming. -7 is a bit fierce, I heard one plant bounced back after being cut down at -5. They seem on the same lines as pelargoniums, although these normally stay outside locally, it is mild down here, though we still get frosts and I'd still be worried about that.

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