I planted 10 of these ‘claws’ back in late autumn on arrival as stated and kept them under cover in the conservatory. Unfortunately although several plants started to grow they became affected by whitefly and wilted. Eventually I put the container outside and let it take its chances with the rain and cold weather (they are not hardy and need to be grown in a sheltered location over winter or in early spring.) One plant remained. It is very pretty, but I am not sure I shall repeat the experience.
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Handsome, but used to too many servants to be practical?
Haha… I like that!
I think it was worth it. Now you know what went wrong……
I can’t be bothered with fussy plants. I might be tempted to have one more go and keep the pots in my hall where it is warmer and dry. I had 10 orange ones too 😕
Wow, orange would have looked amazing
It is very pretty.
I’ll give you that. And a beautiful colour.
I really like that flower. It certainly does look like red velvet.
Best wishes, Pete. x
It is gorgeous, but £12 for only one flower to actually grow is not a great outcome.
True. A luxury bloom for those who can afford it. x
Sounds a bit of a diva! Very lovely though.
Would have been lovely if all 10 had flowered.
She is a beauty.
A real Diva
They do seem to be very tricky plants but the flowers are such a beautiful enticement to try growing them…
Stunning image, Jude, and I love your description. 🥀
What a shame! The survivor is very handsome. The Reader added your post ‘Cornwall in colours: a rainbow’ underneath which seemed a bit of a tease in the context.
Glamorous evening wear – on a flower!
Indeed. Petals really do feel like silk.