Cuphea han-kengai progression

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Cuphea han-kengai progression

Post  Xavier de Lapeyre on Sun Jan 11, 2015 8:07 am

Progression of a mame cuphea material.
Wanted to make a han-kengai ( semi-cascade ) with it.

The material was originally from a bigger cuphea plant, but got detached during a repotting.
I was planning to throw it away but then got that han-kengai shape lurking around it so I gave it a try.
Still in training but the shape I had in mind is starting to take form finally.

The parent tree



Starter material



























Still a long way to go, but the basic shape is here now.

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Re: Cuphea han-kengai progression

Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Mon Jan 12, 2015 8:50 pm

Xavier,

I have to admire you and your strength of spirit. Years ago, an old friend had these plants growing in San Fernando gravel which is a hardened clay, that with time goes back to clay.This was her yard's soil, nothing special, yet she ended up with 2.5 cm trunks, and I have been trying to get to that ever since.

They are supposed to only have lifespans of 25 years, and with high humidity, will drop roots from anywhere.

I am presently trying again, and maybe one day I will figure out how to keep them potted and alive for more than 3 to 5 years. Jack Wikle, of Indoor growing fame, had one that was shown with a 13 year old label [ going on memory here, I could be wrong.]

Once again best of growing.
Thanks for showing.
Later.
Khaimraj

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