Solandra - has anyone grown this?

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Solandra - has anyone grown this?

Post by otorongo » Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:17 pm

I saw them in flower in Madeira in December last year but didn't know what they were until I stumbled upon the name mentioned somewhere today.

They bloom in the winter, and Plantfiles rate them as hardy to 8b, but the comments say frost causes leaf and flower damage (the vine survives though).

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Maybe not such a bad idea for a London south-facing brick wall?

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Re: Solandra - has anyone grown this?

Post by GREVILLE » Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:05 pm

otorongo wrote:
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Maybe not such a bad idea for a London south-facing brick wall?
Someone did exactly that a few years ago in a front garden in South London. I saw it planted with just a few blooms on it and trained up some trellis at the front of a small terraced house in Vauxhall. Checked on it since but it's no longer there.

There's a nice specimen growing through a wire fence in the communal gardens near my apartment..........in the Canaries :lol:

Allow me to shatter the illusion of its exotic status - it's a relative of the potato :shock:

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Re: Solandra - has anyone grown this?

Post by Conifers » Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:09 pm

GREVILLE wrote:Allow me to shatter the illusion of its exotic status - it's a relative of the potato :shock:
So is Brugmansia, and everyone here considers that exotic :wink:

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Re: Solandra - has anyone grown this?

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:32 am

Potatoes are exotic!

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Re: Solandra - has anyone grown this?

Post by charliepridham » Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:58 am

I found it grew too well but started taking damage when it was supposed to flower, it would like to be everygreen, but our winters dont allow it to be, it does (or did) recover but I ended up with a large unrully plant and no flowers. If its the leaves you want you may as well grow a Kiwi!

They have a couple of Solandra species in the main biome at Eden

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Re: Solandra - has anyone grown this?

Post by Conifers » Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:32 am

Yorkshire Kris wrote:Potatoes are exotic!
True!

They are also hardy, and of tropical origin . . . maybe there should be a special forum here about growing them? :lol:

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Re: Solandra - has anyone grown this?

Post by flounder » Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:25 pm

I obtained some cuttings from a fella in germany a couple of years ago after seeing the madiera ones. i managed to kill them(actually my nephew did through not watering them whilst I was on holiday elsewhere :roll: ). So easy they root in water overnight(couple of days!).
Its a good job its not fully hardy, could turn out to be a real thug with its speed of growth....must get another one

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Re: Solandra - has anyone grown this?

Post by otorongo » Thu Oct 25, 2012 6:47 pm

Cool, thanks.

Yes, they're closely related to Brugmansias and I don't see why they wouldn't be considered exotic?

I'm after the flowers, have only seen seeds (on ebay), a cutting would be better...

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Re: Solandra - has anyone grown this?

Post by otorongo » Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:15 pm

I took a cutting in Alicante in April, it rooted easily and it's now planted in the ground and growing away in this warm weather. Not as fast as the brugs, but still fast. We'll see what happens to it in the winter.

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Re: Solandra - has anyone grown this?

Post by GREVILLE » Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:21 pm

Well done for trying this, Otorongo. After your original post I thought I would bring some cuttings back from the Gran Canaria specimen when I went back at the end of last year but forgot to take any before I switched to Lanzarote. Didn't find any there at all :(

Since learned that I'm not allowed to bring any plants or cuttings back from the Canaries and the temptation to smuggle one home from my regular trip this summer has been removed as I will not now be going :(

As my work often takes me to the North West London area there is now an alternative temptation to go on a cutting scrounge.............. icon_fish

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Re: Solandra - has anyone grown this?

Post by flounder » Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:25 pm

Brilliant Greville.......they're getting closer :D

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Re: Solandra - has anyone grown this?

Post by otorongo » Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:31 am

Well it's still a small plant, but shouldn't take long until it reaches a cutting-taking size.
I didn't know it's not allowed to bring plants from the Canaries.

The plants themselves look a bit less elegant than Brugs IMO, but I like the glossy foliage.

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Re: Solandra - has anyone grown this?

Post by charliepridham » Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:00 am

The Canaries have opted out of the EU proper so unlike Madeira you can no longer (officially) bring back unlimited uninspected plants, I believe there was a good palm nursery exporting to the UK which went to the wall because of the change.

Oh and well done on the Solandra! view from our hotel room on Tenerife this January
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Re: Solandra - has anyone grown this?

Post by Conifers » Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:56 am

charliepridham wrote:The Canaries have opted out of the EU proper so unlike Madeira you can no longer (officially) bring back unlimited uninspected plants, I believe there was a good palm nursery exporting to the UK which went to the wall because of the change.
As would happen to Britain too if we were so stupid as to leave the EU :wink:

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Re: Solandra - has anyone grown this?

Post by Alexander » Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:43 am

We grow it here in our tropical butterflygarden. It flowers during winter. Well if people want cuttings let me know.

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