Cuttings are another a good way to propagate “Oompa Loompa.” A 4- to 6-inch piece of softwood stem can be dipped in a rooting hormone and placed in a 50/50 moist mix of vermiculite and perlite for a few months until it puts our new leaves and develops good roots. The new plant will do well in a sunny spot that has soil that drains well.
Tecoma is a genus of 14 species of shrubs or small trees in the trumpet vine or Bignoniaceae family. The generic name is derived from the Aztec word tecomaxochitl, which was applied by indigenous people of Mexico to plants with tubular flowers.
Those of us who hunt nurseries for interesting plants, occasionally come across something new to us that is lovely. I recently found a beautiful plant with bright orange tubular flowers and a most unusual name. “Oompa Loompa” is a hybridized cultivar of Tecoma stans to which the botanical name Tecoma x smithii is sometimes assigned. William Watson of London first described this hybrid in 1893. It has taken more than 100 years of cultivation, to select qualities that are into this cultivar that now has a funny name.
“Oompa Loompa” is a dwarf hybrid and usually grows to less than 6 feet tall. It has a horizontal growth habit and can spread to about 4 feet. It is useful as part of a small hedge, does well as a container plant and makes an attractive specimen wherever it grows. Once established “Oompa Loompa” can thrive in full, hot sun and is somewhat drought tolerant.
“Oompa Loompa” has many appealing qualities in addition to the clusters of bright orange flowers that grow on racemes at the end of branches, nearly year round. The individual blossoms are more than an inch across when opened and about two inches long. The clusters often have many flowers that weight the branches down a bit into a weeping habit. The glossy green leaves of this plant are pinnately compound with serrated margins.
“Oompa Loompa” is likely a hybrid created from her cousin, the original Tecoma stans. It has a yellow trumpet-shaped flower and is known as “Yellow Bells.” The yellow variety is well known and currently more widely available. It is celebrated as the official flower for the U.S. Virgin Islands and is the floral emblem of the Bahamas. “Yellow Bells” as well as the “Oompa Loompa” and a recent red-flowered hybrid are all members of the trumpet vine family. All are attractive shrubs with similar characteristics, though with different colored flowers.
However you choose to grow “Oompa Loompa,” I’m sure it will add beauty and charm to your garden as well as delight to those who ask for her name.
making moondawg/ moondawg( think thats it haven’t got the pack anymore) and
blue dog/ blue dog ( hoping these are actually loompa strains. haven’t heard any blue dog but seems my seed source is legit.) guess we will see by the replys.
i would like to hear your experience with growing any of there gear, please.
you don’t hear a lot of them. there prices are up there. currently have crossed the yeti f3 with a few things also made inbred seed.(just pollen chucking type thing) also have few other strains going seeding up.
whats your experience and thoughts. so far yeti looks like nice tight nuggets and there some colour going on with the stems ect. whats the potency like? not much chance of a taste test considering they are fully seeded and won’t be much if anything worth salvaging sept seed
crosses i made
yeti f3 /yeti f3
yeti f3/ choc chip mint cookies ( unknown cooike/green ribbon exotic genetics )
yeti f3 / stardawg
yeti f3 / the sauce( gg4 /blue ribbon bx exotic genetics )
would like any actual personal experience with his strains, like said just pollen chucking looking for some nice seeds to grow out in the future.