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Offline Jon G

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Haha I went back through this forum to see if this information was listed, and saw my first post here, a miniata listed as a mirabilis. This would not be that plant :)

We have had a Mirabilis offset for about 3 years now. It came to us as a 5 leaf plant from Joe Dana, and when it got to us we had no idea what we were doing, and it swiftly dropped to 1 leaf.

Now it has 8 leaves, and happily grows.

So, what did we learn about Mirabilis:

1: Mirabilis needs A LOT MORE LIGHT than your normal Clivia. Our Mirabilis is growing under our halide lights. (Edge of the table though)

2: Mirabilis is fine with the same watering conditions as your regular clivia. I tend to water it a little more deeply than the others actually. I see people saying keep it dry. Honestly we use a fast drying mix for all Clivia so maybe we already keep it dry? The majority of our collection is automatically watered with sensors that judge when the soil is saturated to a point we call "watered" and this one is hand watered.

3: We feed this the same as everything else in the collection. 20-20-20 or a bloom mix 2x a month, our special concoction 1x a month and water 1x a month.

I know they are supposed to grow very very slowly, and ours has, as I said, grown back from almost dead. So, I figure something in here might be useful or important to those trying to grow Mirabilis.

That is pretty much the sum total of my knowledge on this subject :)

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Jon i know of some 13 year olds tjhat have not flowered yet. I have some 3 year old seedlings and they still only have 3 leaves. I also have some chinese seedlings that seem to match the misirables in growt rate. 7 years old and only four leaves. I wonder if it is worth keeping them ?

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What else are you growing under said lights?
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Jon thanks for a very informative article appreciate it still one I need in my collection
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