Saxif raga : Greenhouse Plants

C – cool, minimum of 7°C (45°F) / W – warm, minimum of 13°C (55°F)

Family: Saxifragaceae

Saxifraga stolonifera (S. sarmentosa) is the Mother of Thousands which makes an attractive pot plant with its rounded leaves red on the undersides and patterned with silver along the veins on the surface. The whole plant is hairy and the stems an attractive red. Runners are produced in much the same way as strawberry plants and small plantlets grow on the runners which can be taken off and grown separately. It can grow in cool conditions but the form S. s. ‘Tricolor’ does much better in the warm house. Leaves of this are smaller and a little puckered, but attractively marked with pink, green and cream. Both of these plants look very well grown in hanging baskets with their plantlets trailing over the sides. Reasons for failure in my experience usually involve overwatering. They really do prefer to dry out at the surface of the compost between successive waterings. Plantlets should be removed in spring or summer; I prefer to remove several the same size and insert them all into a pot or pan of cutting compost. On a smaller scale plantlets can be pushed into a pot of compost and encouraged to root before they are removed from the plant.

29. July 2013 by admin
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