Calceolaria "Herbeohybrida" (Ladies' Purse)

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Calceolaria "Herbeohybrida" (Ladies' Purse)

Post by M Farooq » October 30th, 2013, 10:13 pm

This attractive plant is from Munir sb's garden. Please share local info (bloom time in Pakistan, Annual or not, Fragrance. Other info has been filled)
Botanical Name Calceolaria
Family Calceolariaceae
Specie This genus contains over 300 species of similar flowers, cultivated flowers are termed as "Herbeohybrida" created from 3 Chilean species
Local Name in Urdu Not available
Common Name Ladies purse, Slipper flower
Life Cycle Tell us (in Pakistan)
Cultivar Name Plenty of cultivars, e.g. "Sunset Mixed" and "Sunshine"
Fragrant or Not No fragrance
Category(Bush/Vine/Tree) busy habit
Height 10-12 inches
Spacing can be grown closely for border purposes or a single plant in a pot
Flowering Months Tell us
Flower Color Yellow, orange, red and mixed colours
Growing Areas this specimen is growing in Islamabad
Frost Tender Yes
Exposure These plants prefer cool shady places, full sun will burn the flowers
Soil pH No specific issues known
Propagation Stem tip cuttings
Uses Ornamental
Other Details Ladies' purses are soft stemmed, compact and bushy biennials with highly attractive flowers. The flower look like purses hence the name. They produce so many flowers that the foliage is hidden and only flowers remain visible. A highly desirable plant provided the weather allows this plant in your area. The plant do not tolerate very hot or dry weather. Can be grown as a border plant

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Re: Calceolaria "Herbeohybrida" (Ladies' Purse)

Post by farah fayyaz » December 28th, 2013, 6:44 pm

Sir Munir
Can I get its stems?

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Re: Calceolaria "Herbeohybrida" (Ladies' Purse)

Post by Munir » December 28th, 2013, 10:47 pm

farah fayyaz wrote:Sir Munir
Can I get its stems?
I doubt if it can be grown from a stem.As per my knowledge, it is a spring annual & now is the right time to transplant its seedlings,which are sold only by the big nurseries. I am also looking for it;yesterday I checked it from Fateh Mohammad Nursery Islamabad, where I found the seedlings still very small in size & very few in a pot. I couldn't check from other nurseries at Peshawar Mor; you may. If I find them somewhere I ll let you know.
Let me add that my previous 2-3 experiences of growing this flower have not been very good, as I have found its growth to be very slow & survival rate also low;yet I ll try even this time.
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Re: Calceolaria "Herbeohybrida" (Ladies' Purse)

Post by Munir » December 28th, 2013, 11:10 pm

[quote="M Farooq"]This attractive plant is from Munir sb's garden. Please share local info (bloom time in Pakistan, Annual or not, Fragrance. Other info has been filled)

. Sorry Dr. Farooq, I don't know how I missed to respond to the above. As said earlier,in my view it is a Spring Annual, though surprisingly some time back another gardener mentioned it to me that he grows it during other time of the year also.I couldn't check the details then, but will try to get these next time I come across him; presently don't have his contact. On the other point:I don't think it is fragrant, but will chech it specifically next time.
. Like to hear from others also on the Forum, who have experience of growing this flower.

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Re: Calceolaria "Herbeohybrida" (Ladies' Purse)

Post by UMARKHANMARDAN » December 28th, 2013, 11:25 pm

Calceolaria is very unique in its flower shape.Munir sb its foliage is also very decorative.I have grown it so many times in past for its unique blooms like flowers.The problem which i commonly faced in growing it was it like acidic soil & lack of iron.It foliage gets yellow so you have to spray chelated iron sulphate on forth nightly bases.Another thing it needs filtered sun for that purpose keep it in a place which receives the morning sun.It hates direct bright sun light.I usually grow the F-1 Dainty series.But its just a specimen plant only good for pots & not in beds.Its not fragrant at all.
Munir sb its not a bad grower.I think you may let the soil to become dry.Try to keep the soil firmly moist every time.The soil becomes dry & you will loose you Calceolaria.So its better never godi this plant.The soil should remain moist all the time & never allow it to dry is also for another shade loving annual Mimulas, The Monkey Flower.Calceolaria & Mimulua are truly novelties & very rare.

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Re: Calceolaria "Herbeohybrida" (Ladies' Purse)

Post by Munir » December 29th, 2013, 8:30 am

Thank you Umar Sb for your input.I ll keep your tips in mind. This time I ll try some plants in pots also.Only hope I can get some proper seedlings. Tell me where can I get "Chelated Iron Sulphate" & with what name?

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Re: Calceolaria "Herbeohybrida" (Ladies' Purse)

Post by Syed Adnan » December 29th, 2013, 4:15 pm

I believe this plant is not comfortable in Pakistan's environment specailly ISL/LHR or KHI. It needs more chill and less sun.

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Re: Calceolaria "Herbeohybrida" (Ladies' Purse)

Post by UMARKHANMARDAN » December 29th, 2013, 6:22 pm

Adnan it flowers very good but it needs little more care.It needs filtered sun & the secret is the soil may not be allowed to dry out.It hates root disturbance so dont godi it.If there are weeds just firmly pull out.
Munir sb chelated Irion Sulphate you can get it from Mehfooz seeds,Umar plaza, Ayub market, F-8 Markaz.I have decided i,l plant it this year in pots if i got it.

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