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Chlorophytum comosum 'Bonnie'

28th November 2005

Chlorophytum comosum 'Bonnie' is a recent introduction. It began commercial distribution in Holland in about 1999, and has rapidly spread worldwide. Although very similar to Chlorophytum comosum 'Vittatum' in leaf colour, it is distinct for it's curling twisted leaves. Although this is quite attractive , the major significance is that it makes the plant more compact and so more resistant to damage during transport. As a consequence it is a much more attractive commercial proposition than the taller and more fragile cultivars.

28th November 2005

The amount of curl in the leaves is strongly dependant on the growing conditions. If kept moist and well fed, the plant will grow very strongly, but tend to produce more or less straight leaves. To get a good curl, the plant has to be slightly stressed, and allowed to get dry between waterings. During summer it will produce large numbers of flowering stems, which are always characteristically twisted and kinked.

28th November 2008

10th January 2009

All of the plants took a pasting during this winter. After this really bad frost in the Hedychium house the plants were moved into the conservatory, where they spent a couple of months under the bench being (understandably) sulky.