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#1 User is offline   BMB Albert 

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 05:13 AM

I have grown Drimiopsis for about a year now and are trying to pollinate the flower to form seeds. Is there any one that could enlighten me how to do the trick.

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm175/bmbalbert/DRIMIOPSISKIRKII006-1.jpg

I have found a way of propagating this lovely plant through leaf propagation.

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm175/bmbalbert/DRIMIOPSISKIRKII007.jpg

By leaf cutting and cutting the leaf into many sections you could propagate many many plantlets.

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm175/bmbalbert/DRIMIOPSISKIRKII008.jpg

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm175/bmbalbert/DRIMIOPSISKIRKII010.jpg

It is very interesting to do " try and error" experiment with your plants.

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 12:49 PM

View PostBMB Albert, on Jul 24 2008, 05:13 AM, said:

I have grown Drimiopsis for about a year now and are trying to pollinate the flower to form seeds. Is there any one that could enlighten me how to do the trick.

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm175/bmbalbert/DRIMIOPSISKIRKII006-1.jpg

I have found a way of propagating this lovely plant through leaf propagation.

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm175/bmbalbert/DRIMIOPSISKIRKII007.jpg

By leaf cutting and cutting the leaf into many sections you could propagate many many plantlets.

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm175/bmbalbert/DRIMIOPSISKIRKII008.jpg

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm175/bmbalbert/DRIMIOPSISKIRKII010.jpg

It is very interesting to do " try and error" experiment with your plants.

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 12:50 PM

I have just undated the photos and propagating photos shown above
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Posted 21 August 2008 - 04:57 PM

Thanks for the tips. I have this plant too. Common name is Giant Squill.
There is a similar looking plant by the name of Silver Squill (Scilla violacea) which you should get if you like Giant Squill
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/greenbaron/Plants/misc/Scillaviolacea-IMG_1141.jpg
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Posted 21 August 2008 - 10:03 PM

View PostGreen Baron, on Aug 21 2008, 04:57 PM, said:

Thanks for the tips. I have this plant too. Common name is Giant Squill.
There is a similar looking plant by the name of Silver Squill (Scilla violacea) which you should get if you like Giant Squill
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/greenbaron/Plants/misc/Scillaviolacea-IMG_1141.jpg


Hi Green Baron,

Wah! nice healthy plant you have . How did you grow this plant to such a nice looking bushy Giant Squill? The leaves is so green with delicate design on them. Wow!!
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Posted 22 August 2008 - 12:12 AM

but what kind of conditions is preferred by this plant?
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Posted 22 August 2008 - 09:13 AM

View PostGuanster, on Aug 22 2008, 01:12 AM, said:

but what kind of conditions is preferred by this plant?

Guanster - I planted my Drimiopsis in bright area and water the plant only when the soil is dry. Green Baron's plant which is Giant Squill - I am waiting for his reply.
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Posted 22 August 2008 - 10:21 AM

Albert,
The one I posted is Silver Squill. Growing condition is the same as Giant Squill (Drimiopsis). Try to keep the soil damp but not water logged and you will get healthy green leaves.
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 01:05 PM

View PostGreen Baron, on Aug 22 2008, 10:21 AM, said:

Albert,
The one I posted is Silver Squill. Growing condition is the same as Giant Squill (Drimiopsis). Try to keep the soil damp but not water logged and you will get healthy green leaves.


Green Baron, Thanks for your explaination. Yes, yours is Silver Squill and mine is Giant Squill - I have been letting the soil turn dry up before watering.Now, I know will keep the soil damp but not water logged. I wonder how big will the Giant Squill grow - do you know?
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Posted 24 August 2008 - 06:42 PM

oh thats interesting, this is the first time i know about the propagation of this plant...always been wondering how to keep it..lol. and i didnt knew there is few varieties. thanks alot man
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Posted 24 August 2008 - 08:09 PM

View PostBMB Albert, on Aug 23 2008, 01:05 PM, said:

Green Baron, Thanks for your explaination. Yes, yours is Silver Squill and mine is Giant Squill - I have been letting the soil turn dry up before watering.Now, I know will keep the soil damp but not water logged. I wonder how big will the Giant Squill grow - do you know?

I bought my Giant Squill a month ago from Jie Mei and is about the same size as yours.

I propagate the Silver Squill by splitting the bulbs. If you are interested I can give you some bulbs.
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Posted 25 August 2008 - 08:57 AM

Thanks Green Baron, I do have the silver squill as well but their growth is not in good condition. I am trying to find a better spot for them to grow better. I do have another Drimiopsis - which is Drimiopsis maculata - they do have spot on the younger leaves and slowly the spot disappear on mature leave - I planted these in my garden . Do you know how to hybrid these Drimiopsis? Their flowers are so very small and will be a great achievement to do so.

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