Strelitzia juncea

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John J

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Strelitzia juncea
« on: January 21, 2020, 02:51:09 PM »
On Friday 17th Jan Alisdair posted a photo of the above plant as the cover of the MGS Facebook page with the comment that he had been unable to grow one from seed. This morning I took a combined group of MGS and C3A Gardening in Cyprus Group members to a nursery on the outskirts of Lemesos. Coincidentally I found a few plants of Strelitzia juncea on offer, the first time I can recall doing so on the island. Naturally I bought one. We already have 2 very large, mature specimens of Strelitzia reginae, we've never acquired a Strelitzia nicolai as we find them to be too tall and the flower colour too insipid.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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Alisdair

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Re: Strelitzia juncea
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2020, 08:19:04 AM »
What a prize, John! (Now I don't have to go as far as South Africa to see it....)
Alisdair Aird
Gardens in SE England (Sussex); also coastal Southern Greece, and (in a very small way) South West France; MGS member (and former president); vice chairman RHS Lily Group, past chairman Cyclamen Society

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John J

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Re: Strelitzia juncea
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2020, 06:49:28 AM »
Here you go, Alisdair, the first flower.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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Alisdair

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Re: Strelitzia juncea
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2020, 10:59:51 AM »
Congratulations, John; I'm very envious!  8) 8)
Alisdair Aird
Gardens in SE England (Sussex); also coastal Southern Greece, and (in a very small way) South West France; MGS member (and former president); vice chairman RHS Lily Group, past chairman Cyclamen Society