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princesscleo

We live in E. Washington (more S. Central), just N of the Columbia River Gorge. 5 acres of pasture, garden, flowers, and lawn. Zone 6b.

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  • Season Icon Late SpringLate Spring 2017
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princesscleo

My only indoor plant at the moment. One of my absolute favorite flowers of all time. This is at least the third time it's bloomed for me in about a year. (It was blooming when I bought it, so it's at least the fourth set of blooms I've had.)

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ripjuju

What's your secret? Mine have only bloomed once.

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princesscleo

They are pretty picky about how much water, humidity, and sun they get. I keep mine out of direct sunlight and when I water it I place the pot on a plate with water and allow it to absorb whatever it needs. (No more than 40 minutes.) They don't like getting their leaves wet, and they don't like soggy soil. I have yet to fertilize it. I deadhead as the flowers die back and I carefully trim off any leaves that are past their prime. I bought some very small, narrow trimmers just for this.

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