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Old 03-25-2020, 01:33 PM
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That's a beautiful plant! Now I am glad I tried it. I see the red leaves, which I understand mean it is getting enough light. So it really should be mounted upside down, and not just sideways? I can do that in a couple of days from now.
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That's a beautiful plant! Now I am glad I tried it. I see the red leaves, which I understand mean it is getting enough light. So it really should be mounted upside down, and not just sideways? I can do that in a couple of days from now.
Yes, this one needs to hang downward...it is quite floppy naturally. It will continue to grow that way, becoming quite long. (I saw a huge one, the owners brought it to judging on a stretcher, I don't grow as well as they do) Nice thing, is that the "footprint" stays small since its growth is all vertical, just hang it higher as it gets longer. This one is getting quite a lot of light - filtered sun, but I have had it bloom in an area that was really quite shady... just better with a little more light.
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Thanks - upside down it shall be - in the brightest spot I can find.
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You know, part of the appeal of this plant is that it was named after John Parkinson, the 17th century botanist, by the British botanist Joseph Hooker. Hooker was director of Kew Gardens (where I trained) in the 19th century.

What I like about Parkinson is his sense of humor. His famous book on gardening from 1629, one of the very first, is called Paradisi in Sole Paradisus Terrestris. That translates as 'The Earthly Paradise of Park-in-sun' ('paradisis' being both paradise and just a park). When I see his name used, it always makes me chuckle inside. That's the kind of weird person I am!

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What I like about Parkinson is his sense of humor. His famous book on gardening from 1629, one of the very first, is called Paradisi in Sole Paradisus Terrestris. That translates as 'The Earthly Paradise of Park-in-sun' ('paradisis' being both paradise and just a park). When I see his name used, it always makes me chuckle inside. That's the kind of weird person I am!
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