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Weeks Two & Three Under the Greenhouse

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The worst things aren’t the Trixis, but they’re definitely toward the top of the list of things unpleasant under the glass of the greenhouses. The return, on the other hand, is worth the trouble and the while.

Trixis are a brand supplied by companies like Selecta, a large-scale breeder of ornamental plants and supplier of unrooted vegetative cuttings based all over Europe and Africa, and are assortments of three varieties of plants available to purchase in one pop. There are over 44 available brands of Trixis, all with unique names, as unique as some other cultivars of cuttings that have come through my hands at the greenhouse, my favorite being one in the Coleus genus (Plectranthus scutellarioides), ’Gay’s Delight’.

You might see some of the more patriotic assortments hanging from porches during the fourth of July and others exploding from their baskets in brilliant colors of the rainbow. The ones below, however, are my favorite picks, both for visually striking aesthetics and texture appeal. Sticking cuttings of three unique plants is tedious and time-consuming, and while we generally receive an acceptable shipment of cuttings of Calibrachoa, Petunia (being the worst for its stickiness), Verbena, it’s still a matter of delivery being on time and temperature conditions during transit. Cuttings—even after being immediately opened, accounted for, and stored in an ideally cool climate-controlled storage facility—can be flaccid or wilted when ready for sticking in soil medium.

Even then, it’s impressive to see these cuttings a week later, thriving under the greenhouse lights and following them through the greenhouse misting sections, some of them (especially Bacopa) trying to flower prematurely and needing shearing a week before ship-out date. But without further ado, I present my favorite varieties to grow under the greenhouse and a little bit about each component as well!

'Strawberry Shortcake' All images from Selecta

‘Strawberry Shortcake’
All images from Selecta


‘Nightfall’ All images from Selecta


'Geisha Girl' All images from Selecta

‘Geisha Girl’
All images from Selecta

'Out of the Blue' All images from Selecta

‘Out of the Blue’
All images from Selecta

'Treasure Chest' All images from Selecta

‘Treasure Chest’
All images from Selecta


Regardless of the other difficulties and obstacles under the greenhouse, I’m still learning a lot and I’m working with plants (and people), and that’s more than enough.


Written by Robin Lee Dunlap

January 23, 2017 at 7:34 pm

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  1. Where are they sold?


    gerry gasperini

    January 23, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    • Oy vey, sorry! I’m terrible at replying — but I’m on the case, trying to see when they’ll be offered by larger retailers like Lowe’s. For now, they’re only being shipped out to other greenhouses for growing out or private landscape businesses. In any case, if I get one (which I most definitely damn well should), I’ll try and get her back to B-ville for you!

      Robin Lee Dunlap

      February 4, 2017 at 3:29 pm

  2. […] Now that we’re entering into the busy season, the greenhouses are filling up and the work hours are getting longer. Every variety of plant has a different set of growing requirements, so the ladies prune the premature bolters, mist booms slide from one end of the greenhouse to the other, and I do my best to not drop trays of Trixis a second heart-stopping time — three tiny, tediously stuck plant cuttings placed into individual plastic tray cells — gorgeous when they grow out, as seen in some of my favorite Trixi brands here). […]

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