[gardeners] Clerodendron & cucumbers

asidv@fbg.net (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sun, 26 Jul 1998 14:14:34 +0000

Penny  wrote
>I don't know which clerodendron I grow . . .they  grow right up the 
>macrame hangers . . . white flower with red stamens.

Apparently a viner, only white ones I know are c Thomsoniae 
(tropical Africa) blooms summer and autumn. Height 10-15 feet. 
OR c umbellatan (South Africa), blooms July and August.

There are two shrubby clerodendron. c fragrans (Far east), has 
terminal white flowers, 2-6 feet high, blooms late summer and autumn
OR c infortunatum, a native of India and Ceylon, usually 5-6 feet 
Of course, I am no expert on clerodendron; there are probably others 
with white flowers.
Penny also wrote

>cucumbers . . . look like crook-necked green squash!

I asked a local grower about your cucumbers. He said cucumbers that 
do not grow in straight cylindrical shape have been - at one time or 
another - unevenly watered. So far as he knows, only water stressed 
cucumbers develop a "hook" -- Actually he said, "Uneven water and 
they're goners for the market, by hook or by crook." Loves to pun, 
that man.