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On 25/10/2020 at 5:08 AM, nagual78 said:

Hi just reading the thread.This was one of my favourite herbs. Id love one for my collection, e. sinica was the one. Any leads to buy established plants?

Any help would be much appreciated.

 

there are few nurseries in usa that offer some plants , usually nevadensis and few nurseries in europe usually offering distachya.  

but australia?? maybe you should try your luck in the trade section, make a thread asking for a plant. 

 

otherwise, you should get good seed.  I usually have some seed. PM me 

 

all in all distachya is the easiest to grow and propagate because fast and grow suckers all the time.. sinica is much slower 

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I am pretty happy to announce that my bigger seed grown sinica, a male that flowered last year for the first time,  has done its first suckers / side shoots.. It must be 4-5 years old.  Its also starting to get into vegetative growth again, very excited, its very interesting to see the plant at this phase. 

PS: my other sinica which was started from rooted cutting does sideshoots/suckers regularly every year making it easy to make more plants

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and here is equisettina which was started from rooted cutting and that hasnt grown a lot, starting to grow again after the very mild winter we had overall .. I have high hopes for this years growth! 

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big distachya reacting like a champ to the repotting in even bigger pot 

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yet another photo update 

 

My E. altissima, a generally unknown species from morocco, north africa that seems to be a climber - crawler but is pretty different  (f.e. more slender) than the local foeminea , has been pretty active, and I repotted one of them, and I saw today the other is making strobili (its a male) 

 

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E. sinica growing from a myriad point plus growing a side shoot 

 

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E. nevadensis , a new attampt, young plant that is still not over that seedling stage

 

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E. chiloensis branches 

 

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E.major and mangragora automnalis 

 

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Such an interesting plant!

 

How old is the sincia in the pictures above?

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On 06/04/2021 at 5:04 AM, fydesvindico said:

Such an interesting plant!

 

How old is the sincia in the pictures above?

 

 

that sinica plant is ~ 5 years old from seed. here it is today , it always comes back strong when doing new vegetative growth

 

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I just got altissima hard:wink:

Good work Sagi

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5 years! Hectic. Slow growing plants hey. I remember there was a member on here years ago who posted up some pics of monster plants! (Might have been pH) they must have been ancient!

 

Good work, I love the fact that there are people keeping this plant alive!

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On 21/04/2021 at 11:44 PM, fydesvindico said:

5 years! Hectic. Slow growing plants hey. I remember there was a member on here years ago who posted up some pics of monster plants! (Might have been pH) they must have been ancient!

 

Good work, I love the fact that there are people keeping this plant alive!

 

sinica for me looks its best when it has done all veg growth for the season.. its still growing and it keeps producing flowering stalks now..  I will soon post more pictures... yes I think you mean ph plants.. 

 

distachya is faster as a species. 

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My equisetina at last seems to wake up strong. Growth looks completely sinica-like in my eyes perhaps a bit more errect/thicker branches. green segments are new growth - blue segments are older branches. 

 

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E. chiloensis cone is pretty interesting and distinct from other species.. Unfortunately my two biggy specimens are both male. Still hoping on a female on other two smaller ones.  

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chiloensis has nice big strobili. both of my biggy plants are in full flowering mode. last year it was only a reluctant bloom. 

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this I call my ebay sinica, bought as rooted sucker. I uppotted this to take a couple nice big tufts with some root. First time I use so big tufts to creat new plant and I reckon it will be faster than using smaller suckers. showing the mother plant before taking the suckers out and the 2 big tufts repotted. 

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This is my big seed grown sinica, many flowers stalks, still going 

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And this is foeminea made from rooted suckers taken from natural occuring plants here.  it had grown a bit but I neglected watering it in summer and it died back a lot, now it has been doing much better and is almost where it was before the drying out. 

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SagiXsagi, thank you again, this is still one of my favourite threads. Hope I can grow lovely plants like yours one day

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On 17/06/2021 at 8:30 AM, Darklight said:

SagiXsagi, thank you again, this is still one of my favourite threads. Hope I can grow lovely plants like yours one day

 

thanks.. Distachya is an easy species, really. The easiest by far. 

 

here's some more updates 

 

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2 female  distachyas,  and closeup of the fruits/cones

 

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2 x sinicas , the left one of still unknown sex

 

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equisetina, like I said in previous post,  this year it shows its bigger than sinica phenotype , after refusing to really grow for a couple years 

 

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nebrodensis / major 

 

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SEASONAL / GENERAL  UPDATE:   

Despite a great and lasting heat wave this summer, the plants were okey protected in a bright shady spot on my roof. Reaching september and the heat wave leaving, the distachyas started growing and as soon as a cool wave in mid september hit,  the went full on veg mode and even went to start a second flowering session! So now I have brought them to more light 

 

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The sinicas remain the most stubborn in their growth.

 

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Equisetina are similar with sinica in all their habit, a bit slower but with a taller pheno and noticeably bluer - the bluest of the species I have grown. 

 

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nebrodensis with the appropriate pruning is the most handsome of the species I have grown as an ornamental plant and also its remarkably hardy in my climate

 

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