Friday, April 6, 2012

Walkaways Part 18

None of these are quite as unusual as the Tillandsia dyeriana, but I thought they were interesting.

Anthurium 'Sensa.'

(close-up of flowers: new on left, old on right)

Anthurium 'Sensa' is the one I most wanted to buy, which makes little sense, really, since I already have a lot of Anthuriums, including a couple with similar spathe colors. I just have a hard time resisting Anthuriums, I think is the deal. It's still a nice color, though, and Anthuriums are particularly tempting to me now because I'm trying to cross mine and start seedlings, so I see a plant with a newly-emerged flower and all I can think about is all the pollen it's going to be producing, and how desperately I must have said pollen.

Sedum indicum var. yunnanense, crested form

Plant List says that the actual name is Sinocrassula yunnanensis. This didn't do a lot for me, though I suppose I can see how someone might find it interesting. From the internet, I see the main use of S. yunnanensis is as a rock garden plant (they're hardy to zone 7, googlegedly), but I ran into a few pictures of them in containers. They apparently never do much more than this, forming little clumps of rosettes.

Dieffenbachia 'Delilah.'

This picture didn't turn out anywhere near as well as I'd hoped it would. (There's a better one here.)

I probably shouldn't try to grow Dieffenbachias. It's not that I can't: with a few exceptions ('Camouflage,' 'Sterling'), they grow fine for me, as long as I keep them out of direct sun and warm, dry air.

Instead, the problem is that after growing well for a while, they'll reach the point where they're too tall and leggy to fit in their spot, or they're always threatening to fall over, or they just don't look good anymore, and then I have to decide what to do with them. I don't have the patience (or experience) for air-layering, so I've always just cut them back and tried to root the tops. Occasionally this has worked, but usually it doesn't. And the stumps are supposed to resprout: occasionally that has worked, but usually it doesn't. (Some varieties seem to be better about rooting and resprouting than others: 'Tropic Snow' does well, as does a NOID that resembles 'Triumph.') So 'Delilah' is appealing, but I think I'm going to have to wait on getting more dieffs until I've figured out how to air-layer them.

Adromischus maculatus.

I had a bad experience with a plant I think was an Adromischus, a few years ago when the plant obsession was just starting up. It stayed alive, but the new growth was weak and pale and it was obviously not getting enough light, so I gave up on it after about five months. I could probably do better now, because although I don't have southern exposure, I do have artificial lights. Perhaps someday.

Guzmania NOID.

Same plant, from top.

Finally, a Guzmania coloration I haven't seen before, and think is really pretty. No ID tag, though. Of course.

The good news is that Guzmanias are pretty easy to keep alive. The bad news is that their strong will to live means I don't treat mine particularly well, so they're not very big and they've never rebloomed. (I know about the apple trick. I just don't think my plants are strong enough to bloom, so I haven't pushed.) This is a fascinating (to me) variety, though: I really like the white/black/orange combination.


Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I really love that Guzmania. Bromeliads are favourites. It would be difficult to walk away from one, especially if it's a new one.

nycguy said...

My mother used to cut off the top of her Dieffenbachia when it got gawky and then put the top in a pail of water on her covered porch in the late spring. It eventually rooted and then she would pot it up. After several iterations of this it thought it was tall enough to flower. (of course, the flowers aren't worth bothering about).

Bom said...

I would have snapped up the Guzmania NOID and set it beside my T. marron. an overhead shot would have been pretty.

NotSoAngryRedHead said...

Agreed with you and Martha - the Guzmania is beautiful! Very unexpected, tempered coloration.

Speaking of Adromischus, I'm in love with Adromischus marianae var. herrei - it's wonderfully warty and stumpy with beautiful color. I've only been able to locate them on eBay, and they aren't exactly cheap especially with shipping charges. Still... the sellers who list them have lots of other fabulous plants... eBay is the devil. I've disallowed myself from buying more for the next few months.

I should probably write a confessional post about my recent shenanigans... o_O

Lauren said...

Not really a fan of bromeliads, but that anthurium is just... Charming. I would have taken that home to keep my other two company!

Leslie said...

I've air layered plants a handful of times, and it's not as intimidating as it might seem. The first time I tried it was on a gangly old schefflera, and it worked great. I've found that once you get the little packet of moistness wrapped up in plastic it's really not that much work. I just kind of let it sit there for a month or two and glance at it occasionally when I water.

Anonymous said...

I saw a Sinocrassula once at the southeastern flower show in Atlanta a long time ago. I know they were rare then, are they more common in cultivation now?

mr_subjunctive said...


Possibly? The one in the post is the only one I've ever seen.