cautleya spicata

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nige pook

cautleya spicata

Post by nige pook » Mon Apr 04, 2011 7:57 pm

Hi guys, any advice on kick starting these back into life. I was given a tiny pot of this last autumn and I grew it on a bit on a south facing window in a warm room.It died back about a month ago even though temps were still around 20 degs c inside. The tiny rhizomes seem ok still with long fleshy roots attached. Is the key heat to start it off again like placing it on a heat bench or does it need a cooler spell prior to re potting and back onto the sunny warm window sill? Nige

sanatic1234

Re: cautleya spicata

Post by sanatic1234 » Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:07 pm

I brought one from ebay end of last year, had it in my heated prop for 2 months and nothing then tried it on my sunniest windowsill and still nothing, so i have now binned it, but there was no rhizome when i checked it just a load of old dead roots. i think i was ripped off to be honest :roll:

jonny

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Post by jonny » Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:31 pm

This plant as far as i know is naturally deciduous and needs a cool resting period during the winter. It does need heat to get it started but i think that just putting it outside in a warm spot and being patient is the key. I have always found cautleya easy to grow even in shade and they come back every year given good drainage and a mulch. They can be grown in full sun as long as the soil is moist. If growing in a pot keep the compost barely moist to avoid rotting during its resting period.

nige pook

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Post by nige pook » Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:50 pm

Thanks,thought that might be the case with this one.As its been inside in the warm all winter what would you suggest? Has been in a room all winter at approx 20 degs,should i just put it somewhere a bit cooler or in the fridge type cold for a while? Do you dry store them over winter cold but frost free and then re pot them and put them somewhere warm then like gingers and cannas? I am aware its a loose type of ginger but my hedychiums have been out in a greenhouse all winter and now all re shooting in the house in the warm. So in short do I seriously cool in the fridge or just current outside temps for however long then back onto sunny window to kickstart? Nige

jonny

Re: cautleya spicata

Post by jonny » Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:12 pm

I would treat them like a Hedychium in the winter and just put them outside somewhere warm and be patient now.

Bob

Re: cautleya spicata

Post by Bob » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:26 pm

Had a look at mine in the ground yesterday, not sprouting yet but having a prod around the rhizome it feels fairly solid, so hoping it will.

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Re: cautleya spicata

Post by JoelR » Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:52 pm

Mine came from Crug Farm Plants. It's a bit early to say yet but I'll be surpised if it doesn't come back with a vengence. It' become quite invasive in the raised bed I have it planted in.

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