Rules and Stuff
1) It's probably possible to vote more than once per poll, but please don't. If I believe that someone is voting repeatedly, I will throw out those results, repost the poll, and seriously question that person's priorities.
2) If you want to link to a poll on Twitter / Facebook / your blog / whatever and encourage your friends to come and pump up the support for your favorite plants, you are encouraged to do so.
3) You are also encouraged to leave comments on Rumble posts, if so moved.
4) All photos will enlarge if opened in a separate window/tab.
5) You can choose which plant is "best" according to whatever criteria you decide for yourself. My personal process is a bit convoluted.1
6) All polls will be open for three days.
Match 2.21 to 2.24 results:
In match 2.21, completely unexpectedly, Dendrobium cvv. and Beaucarnea recurvata were essentially tied for three days. I expected Dendrobium to walk all over Beaucarnea (it's colorful, it has flowers, orchids have a lot of fans in general, Beaucarneas are strange-looking), so this had me very puzzled. In the final count, Beaucarnea actually won, by a vote of 58 to 56. I demand that y'all explain to me what happened.2
The other matches from this set were a lot easier to predict. Oncidium alliance orchids stomped Polyscias fruticosa hard in match 2.22, winning by 64 to 37.
So Beaucarnea "The Orchid Killer" recurvata faces the Oncidium gang in match 3.11. Voting will begin 20 October.
Match 2.23 appears to have been much easier for people than I anticipated. (I was expecting there to be complaints about having to choose between Dracaena deremensis cvv. and Schefflera actinophylla / arboricola, but nobody did.) Dracaena deremensis breezes through to the third round by a vote of 63 to 38.
Match 2.24 shouldn't have surprised anybody: Sansevieria trifasciata cvv. took down rhizomatous Begonia cvv. 78 to 33.
Dracaena deremensis and Sansevieria trifasciata will challenge one another in match 3.12 on 20 October. There's really no outcome there that's not going to leave me disappointed.
And now for today's matches. I may have to sit out 3.4; I don't know how I'm going to choose between them.
Dracaena reflexa cvv. vs. Aglaonema cvv. (Chinese evergreen)
Strelitzia nicolai/reginae (white/orange bird of paradise) vs. Philodendron hederaceum cvv. (heart-leaf philodendron)
1 I'm deciding according to a hypothetical situation in which all of my houseplants are gone, as are all the other houseplants of the world, except for one producer/supplier/retailer. Said person is offering to restock me with one or the other of the plants in question but refuses to give me both. Which one would I choose?
2 Okay, yes, I was one of the Beaucarnea votes, because my main principle in making these decisions has been will it die on me?, and I have a better track record with Beaucarnea in that respect. But I don't understand the rest of y'all's thought processes.