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looking for an old fashioned plant

Does any one have a cutting of an old fashioned busy lizzy
The type that people had in their homes years ago?


  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,081
    You'll be lucky.  As far as I'm aware there is a disease that has claimed most of them and they are also prone to downy mildew and necrotic spot virus which explains why you now only see the newer varieties which are more resistant.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,599
    Are you sure you mean Busy Lizzy,   They’re an outdoor annual.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,647
    I remember my Nan having busy lizzie houseplants. They had flowers like the bedding ones but were a lot taller and tended to be leggy. I haven't seen any for a long time though.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,081
    Leggy from lack of light from being kept indoors!
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,573
    The New Guinea impatiens were popular as house plants at one time, and didn't mind lower light levels.  The garden centre I worked in, in Yorkshire, sold them in the houseplant section.
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 22,392
    I remember them. I used to grow them as a child. Pink flowers. Fine in the house.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • I kept the same one for about 20 years, indoors, just kept going, year after year, in the mid '70s to the '90s.   

    A big plant, smothered in very bright simple pink/cerise single flowers, almost fluorescent.  Very pretty.  I'd forgotten about those until I read your post.  Sad to think they've disappeared.  Everyone seemed to nurture them, although they never required much tlc.  They were easy to propagate from cuttings, too.  They weren't the New Guinea ones.
    Maybe you'll find one somewhere.  Hope so.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,527
    Yes I remember the tall pink Busy Lizzies ... haven’t seen any for years ... think they succumbed to mildew. 😢 
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  • Hi guys I know I'm abit late but came across this post and believe I have an old-fashioned busy lizzie. It is a cutting from my grandmother's plant and hers was a cutting from her grandma 
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,166
    That 's the one. You cut a bit off and stick it in a glass of water. It roots in about three weeks and you pot it up.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
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