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Michael

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Viola paradoxa
« on: May 19, 2008, 09:56:58 PM »
Hello!

I remember someone asked me about Viola paradoxa seeds in some post, but i dont remember who did or in what post it is, i had already searched for it, but the search comes up empty, i really dont know what I did wrong...

Well it's just to say to that person that today i went and searched for it on the highest peaks, and found it!!! Besides the freezing winds and the strong sun, for the first time i found that mythic plant! Unfortunately i did not saw any seeds, but the plants were in full bloom, so i guess in some time they might set seeds that i could send.
Thanks
"F" for Fritillaria, that's good enough to me ;)
Mike

Portugal, Madeira Island

Gerdk

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Re: Viola paradoxa
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2008, 11:22:56 AM »
Hi Mike,
That's fantastic - It was me who is interested in that plant very much. Thank you!
I hope you are able to collect some seeds. Cuttings are also easy with this pansy-type of violet.
Did you take some shots of the plants?

Sorry, can't answer your reply because it's just a day before I am away for about
18 days.

Gerd
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Michael

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Re: Viola paradoxa
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2008, 01:43:06 PM »
Hi Gerd.

Now i remember you lol!
Yes  a friend of mine took some pictures, i will ask him to send them to me when he can, so i can show them to you!
Dont worry, seeds are guaranteed it is just a matter of time. Now that i know the exact area where the plants grow, it is a lot more easy to find them. Do you think i will be also able to grow them on the lowlands? Because they take a lot of cold and wind on winter... but on summer the sun is strong too!
When i have the pictures i will post them here.

M
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Mike

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Gerdk

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Re: Viola paradoxa
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2008, 09:15:04 PM »
Hi Gerd.

Now i remember you lol!
Yes  a friend of mine took some pictures, i will ask him to send them to me when he can, so i can show them to you!
Dont worry, seeds are guaranteed it is just a matter of time. Now that i know the exact area where the plants grow, it is a lot more easy to find them. Do you think i will be also able to grow them on the lowlands? Because they take a lot of cold and wind on winter... but on summer the sun is strong too!
When i have the pictures i will post them here.

Hi Mike,
I returned yesterday.
I think it will be possible to cultivate this violet even in the coastal area, provided you give it some shelter from strong sunshine (half shade), a good air circulation and a good watering regime. Please have a look to ' Flowers and Foliage Now - Rock Plant - Reply # 8 ' from March 26, 2008. There you'll find a pic with a pot grown plant - perhaps made at the Botanical garden at Funchal. Maybe a gardener there can tell you more.
Please keep in mind that violets have exploding seed capsules. Seeds are ripe when the pods are directed upwards. Shortly after that the grains will fly away like cannon balls.
I am looking forward to your friend's pics.

Gerd
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Michael

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Re: Viola paradoxa
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2008, 08:56:10 PM »
Hello Gerd!

Thanks for  the advice, next time i go there i will bring the seedpods that are upright then :D
Do they change colour or are they also green?


Regarding the pictures, i will post them when my friend is able to send them to me, i guess he is a bit busy lately, but in a couple of days, i shall have them :D
"F" for Fritillaria, that's good enough to me ;)
Mike

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Re: Viola paradoxa
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2008, 10:17:11 PM »
Michael,
That's fine. Thank you. I don't know if the capsules changes their colour - some pansies do - others don't. Please let me know what you'll observe with this violet. The upright position is the best indicator for ripe seeds.

Gerd
 
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Kristl Walek

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Re: Viola paradoxa
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2008, 12:47:56 PM »
The upright position is the best indicator for ripe seeds.

I usually use a combination of the "upright pod" plus a very gentle "hardness of the pod" squeeze when I am collecting Viola seed. If it is upright, but not hard, I usually still leave them (although I know at that point the time is not far off).
so many species....so little time

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