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ImageTodd_Boland
Feb 18, 2010 5:45 PM CST
Name: Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Cana
Here is the link to the article on Lewisia I wrote on Dave's Garden in 2008.

http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/993/

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ImageTodd_Boland
Feb 18, 2010 5:46 PM CST
Name: Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Cana
I grow most in pots or troughs.....here is Lewisia cotyledon

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ImageTodd_Boland
Feb 18, 2010 5:47 PM CST
Name: Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Cana
Lewisia tweedyi growing at work (The Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden)

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Imagevalleylynn
Feb 18, 2010 7:33 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Todd, I am getting happier by the minute. You got it up and running. : ) Great job. I will definitely be a regular to this Cubit.
Todd, can you tell us how to propagate L. cotyeldon. I have some rather large ones with younsters coming from everywhere. I would love to start new ones but don't know how.
ImageTodd_Boland
Feb 18, 2010 7:37 PM CST
Name: Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Cana
You are lucky to be getting babies...generally you should keep them attached to the parent. The stems rot very easily once cut. The best way to propagate is by seed.
Imagevalleylynn
Feb 18, 2010 7:40 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
I have never looked for seed. Good thing I asked first. I had heard that they were difficult to do from cuttings. I'm leaving them alone. : ) I will watch for seeds this year. Would love to have more.
Imagevalleylynn
Feb 19, 2010 4:58 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Okay, here is the Lewisia I was asking about. It is growing strangely, almost like a witches broom, hope that's what you call it. As you can see by the picture it is a very tight mass growing from one side, over the top and down the other side. Do they usually do this? I have had these for quite a few years and none of them have every grown like this.

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Imagevalleylynn
Feb 19, 2010 4:58 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
From other side.

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ImageTodd_Boland
Feb 19, 2010 6:48 PM CST
Name: Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Cana
It looks like a form of fasciation...I've seen pelargonium (geraniums) and petunia do this. I expect your plant will stay vegetative and not bloom very well.
Imagevalleylynn
Feb 19, 2010 6:53 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
That's the word I was looking for. Thank you, I think, Todd. What a bummer, it has bloomed beautifully for years. So, I can cut them off and propogate them?
ImageTodd_Boland
Feb 19, 2010 7:03 PM CST
Name: Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Cana
I try it and see what happens. If you have some sort of anti-fungal powder, I'd put it on the cut surfaces.
Imagevalleylynn
Feb 19, 2010 7:31 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Should I use rooting hormone? Where would I find anit-fungal powder? So many questions.
ImageTodd_Boland
Feb 19, 2010 7:47 PM CST
Name: Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Cana
Check with a local nursery...bordo or bordeaux is available at local nurseries in my area. I don't think you will need rooting hormone but if getting enough cuttings, why not try some with and some without.
Imagegoldfinch4
Mar 10, 2010 7:22 AM CST
Name: Chris
Wisconsin z4
These are beautiful! But living in zone 4 it doesn't look like they'd be hardy for me. Can they be brought in the house during the winter or don't they do well inside?
Imagevalleylynn
Mar 10, 2010 7:41 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Chris Lewisia cotyledon is hardy zones 3-8. You can grow them. : )
They would be great in your succulent beds. They pretty much have the same needs, good drainage.
Imagegoldfinch4
Mar 10, 2010 7:48 AM CST
Name: Chris
Wisconsin z4
Good news! Then I will give that one a try. Thanks!
ImageTodd_Boland
Mar 10, 2010 6:20 PM CST
Name: Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Cana
Chris I can vouch for their hardiness...they grow in Calgary, Alberta which is zone 3.
Imagegoldfinch4
Mar 11, 2010 7:09 AM CST
Name: Chris
Wisconsin z4
Thanks Todd, that's great to know. I never realized how pretty they were!
Imagevalleylynn
Jun 6, 2010 12:56 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Todd, you were right, that fasciated lewisia did not bloom. But the plus side is that it is such an interesting form in the garden. I haven't tried to divide or propagate it yet. To many other things taking up time right now. It does appear to be putting out pups, I will take a new picture and post it.

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