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Kingetter
31-Jul-07, 15:36
I bought this on Sunday and am not too sure what plant it is, and the variety.
Need to have a 'care plan' for it.:)

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i102/OpenandShut/Garden/Hpim2970-03.jpg

Thanks,

James.

Scunner
31-Jul-07, 17:02
It is one of the "cupea" family, but unable to identify which one, so far, but will keep on looking

nannydip
31-Jul-07, 19:21
Cuphea ignea (cigar plant). Usually flowers from spring to autumn. If grown as a conservatory or greenhouse plant it eventually makes a small bushy shrub. It is hardy enough to be used as a summer bedding plant in sheltered conditions.

Height and spread 30x30cm. Prune in late winter,cutting the stems back by two thirds. Move outside only when all risk of frost is past. Can be susceptible to powdery mildew.

Hope this is of some help kingetter :)

anneoctober
31-Jul-07, 19:36
Cuphea ignea (cigar plant). Usually flowers from spring to autumn. If grown as a conservatory or greenhouse plant it eventually makes a small bushy shrub. It is hardy enough to be used as a summer bedding plant in sheltered conditions.

Height and spread 30x30cm. Prune in late winter,cutting the stems back by two thirds. Move outside only when all risk of frost is past. Can be susceptible to powdery mildew.

Hope this is of some help kingetter :)
I AM seriously impressed nannydip - did n't know gardening was one of your many talents ;)
A bonny shrub nevertheless

Kingetter
01-Aug-07, 01:35
Cuphea ignea (cigar plant). Usually flowers from spring to autumn. If grown as a conservatory or greenhouse plant it eventually makes a small bushy shrub. It is hardy enough to be used as a summer bedding plant in sheltered conditions.

Height and spread 30x30cm. Prune in late winter,cutting the stems back by two thirds. Move outside only when all risk of frost is past. Can be susceptible to powdery mildew.

Hope this is of some help kingetter :)

Just wonderful nannydip - spot on - http://www.floridata.com/ref/C/cuph_ign.cfm

I wasn't so far away thinking nicotania - but you're right on the button. Very many thanks.
Thanks also to Scunner for the reply.
Yes, anneoctober, it is a bonny plant. Nae bad for 3.00. Now I need to learn how to harvest seeds or take cuttings.

Thanks.

James.

Ricco
01-Aug-07, 11:13
Wow, nannydip. Excellent - beat me to it. They are nice plants, Kingetter. Let me know if you need any advice about propagation - I have a friend who is owns a nursery.

Just checked it out - increase by cuttings in Spring and Summer. Its a semi-hardy plant. If you pinch out the tip it will become more bushy. Hope this helps.

Kingetter
01-Aug-07, 11:28
Ricco, thanks. I'm getting quite fond of the darling wee thing - really ought to have more of them I think. My photo doesn't do it enough justice though it makes it look larger than it in fact is.

Cheers,

James.

nannydip
01-Aug-07, 12:23
Take softwood cuttings in late spring. Sow seed in a heated greenhouse in late winter or early spring with a bottom heat of 20-30 C (68-73F)

Often plant are short lived but easily replaced with cuttings. If grown in conservatory or greenhouse can become as tall as 3ft.:)

anneoctober
01-Aug-07, 13:32
Just wonderful nannydip - spot on - http://www.floridata.com/ref/C/cuph_ign.cfm

I wasn't so far away thinking nicotania - but you're right on the button. Very many thanks.
Thanks also to Scunner for the reply.
Yes, anneoctober, it is a bonny plant. Nae bad for 3.00. Now I need to learn how to harvest seeds or take cuttings.

Thanks.

James.
it looks even better knowing it was only 3, am brazen enough to ask where you bought this charmer from?! :lol:;)

Kingetter
01-Aug-07, 13:50
Take softwood cuttings in late spring. Sow seed in a heated greenhouse in late winter or early spring with a bottom heat of 20-30 C (68-73F)

Often plant are short lived but easily replaced with cuttings. If grown in conservatory or greenhouse can become as tall as 3ft.:)

Bless you for that, but no garden/greenhouse - I'm a flat-dweller - even outside window sill is on a slope so rain runs off:D
Cuttings might be my only option.

James.

Kingetter
01-Aug-07, 13:57
it looks even better knowing it was only 3, am brazen enough to ask where you bought this charmer from?!

Be brazen:lol:

All in the name of Charity -

http://forum.caithness.org/showthread.php?t=29904

http://forum.caithness.org/showthread.php?t=14074&page=35 (message 688)

nannydip
01-Aug-07, 15:29
Seems cuttings is the way for you Kingetter. I have neither greenhouse or conservatory but used an old glass fronted cabinet (in sitting room much to hubby's dimay) to raise seed. It worked a treat, but ended up with dozens of young plants and no room in garden!

Good luck with your cigar plant and it's future offspring:lol:

Kingetter
01-Aug-07, 20:09
Cuttings and hormone rooting powder? I have the pots and soil and this summer there seems an ample supply of water:D