Posted: 17/07/2015 at 01:11
No photos, I have dwarf Pacino Cola, I sowed 2 each in 4 big pots (in retrospect should have done 1 per pot), strangely some pots are doing better than others.
Several of them developed brown leaves which then went holey (not sure if due to disease or pest) but all have passed this now and have greenery again.
In one pot both have good fat stems and are starting to branch out with several heads forming but no sign of flowers. In another pot they are similar but a little smaller. Third pot they are much thinner and a bit poorly looking although some new shoots are forming and one looks about to flower. In the final pot both plants are pretty spindly and lost a lot of leaves early on, there is fresh growth but the leaves are small, one is starting to flower, the other has been out for a couple of days now (I haven't seen it fully out because I haven't been home in full daytime yet). Even the smallest plants are starting to branch now, but only one or 2 branches and very small looking.
When I got home tonight it was quite windy and all have out grown the flower sticks I was using for extra support - the spindly ones were getting really blow about so I swapped all the sticks for canes to stabilze them. I also moved a coupe of pots to a more sheltered location.
It seems to me that the more stressed plants are flowering for survival, and the unstressed ones are happy to carry on bulking out a bit for now. I'm hoping that when the healthiest ones get round to flowering they will have several nice flower heads, it certainly looks like they are gearing up for that!