Thursday, October 3, 2013

Random plant events: more Anthurium seedlings

It is really happening, y'all. The Anthurium seedlings are actually blooming! And a full 1-3 years ahead of schedule, even!

Previously, I reported that seedlings #59 ("Bijoux Tuit"1) and #282 ("Dave Trading") had produced their first blooms; now things are beginning to accelerate a bit. So here's the report.

#59 - Bijoux Tuit
Mother:2 'Gemini'
Date started: 1 February 2012

Bijoux is taking her3 time, but the flower is continuing to develop. I think there's maybe something wrong with it, either from drought stress or thrips4 or something, because the spathe is kind of twisted strangely and has dead patches and stuff. But it's still developing, and it seems only sporting to give them all a practice spathe or two before expecting high-quality blooms. As for the color, it's obvious enough that the spathe color is going to be the in the same pinkish-red neighborhood as her mother.

What she lacks in original coloration, she makes up for by being the earliest bloomer, which is a characteristic I probably want to encourage in future generations.

#282 - Dave Trading
Mother: White Gemini
Date started: 19 May 2012

Dave's first bloom, reported on in the previous post, aborted before it got very far. The cause might have been drought stress; I don't really know. He's since started to produce a replacement, pictured above. The color is unclear so far -- initially it looked like it was going to be the same pinkish-red as 'Gemini' and Bijoux. Then it turned slightly purplish, which was briefly very exciting, and then it dulled and eventually dried up. The replacement flower is sort of light pink, but it's not unusual for them to emerge a lighter color than they eventually become, so I'm waiting to see what color the plant settles on.

#76 - Bob Humbug
Mother: Gemini
Date started: 18 Nov 2011

Bob is one I'm particularly close to; he's always had really big, nice, dark green leaves. And, I mean, notably so. Like, I would see him while watering and be like, wow, that's some exceptionally sweet-ass foliage on #76. Because I say things like that sometimes.

Unfortunately, he spontaneously dropped his inflorescence too: it was looking like your basic pinkish-red, but then it turned slightly purplish and dull, like Dave's had.

A couple weeks later.

So oh well. Bob is still secretly my favorite. Don't tell the others.

#243 - Sal Monella
Mother: White Gemini
Date started: 5 May 2012

Sal is interesting because he's the first one to have a distinct flower color: it's a pretty straight-up, solid red red. Possibly even dark red: the spathe was still getting darker when I wrote this on Monday night.

This is a little bit surprising, coming from a plant whose mother had pure white spathes. Since 'White Gemini' was originally a sport of the pinkish-red 'Gemini,' though, it's not too much of a stretch to imagine that there could be genes for red pigment somewhere in Sal's genome. And even if we're sure the red doesn't come from 'White Gemini,' I have no idea who the father is, and I do have a red Anthurium in the mix here, though it doesn't bloom very often. So the pollen could have been from a red-blooming father. We will probably never know.

#238 - Rudy Day
Mother: White Gemini
Date started: 5 May 2012

Note the weird cupped leaf at bottom right. That's the sort of thing I was talking about in footnote 4.

Sal's fraternal forty-tuplet5 brother Rudy was just barely starting a spathe when I got the above picture. So far, it looks like he's headed in the direction of a 'Gemini' sort of pinkish-red, but we'll see what happens.

#108 - Deena Sequins
Mother: noid purple
Date started: 21 December 2011

And finally, the first bloom on a plant that's not from 'Gemini' or 'White Gemini.' Disappointingly, Deena's showing no inclination to be purple like her mom; instead she's pink. I'm guessing eventually, this is going to mature to yet another pinkish-red. (I forgive the reader for being skeptical that the nine pictures in this post are of different seedlings.) But hey: at this point, it's fun to have anything happen. We'll worry about whether they're quality plants later. Meanwhile, pinkish-red is apparently the new black.


1 Explanation for new readers: I have been giving names to the seedlings, to make it a little easier for me to keep track of them in my head, and to amuse myself. The names being given out are names of actual and hypothetical drag queens, plus the names of actual and hypothetical roller derby players, and as such are not likely to become the official names of any actual patented cultivars, should any arise. But you never know.
2 As explained in the above-linked post, I'm not yet at the point where I'm making deliberate crosses; it's too difficult to tell when an attempted pollination has worked, and I never have very many inflorescences shedding pollen at any given moment. Consequently, I only know the female (seed) parent for any of these crosses, not the male (pollen) parent.
3 Anthuriums are both male and female, like most plants, but I'm using the pronouns that normally go with the first names, because anthropomorphization is kind of what I do, and that's what reads naturally to me.
4 Not that I've seen thrips. But they're starting to do that thing they did before, when they had scale and thrips. (Weird pale bumps on the leaves; leaves that curl up into brittle, easily-torn little bowls; random brown holes and tears. I don't know if all these are the work of thrips, or even if any of these things are thrips. But that's my suspicion at the moment.)
5 Well if you're so smart, how's about you tell me what the term for a multiple birth of forty children is called, huh?


Ginny Burton said...

Most impressive! If you ever sell any of these, I'd like to buy one.

Sometime when you're at a loss for what to post, you could have us guess which of the names you made up. I'm guessing Deena Sequins is your creation.

mr_subjunctive said...

Ginny Burton:

For the most part, I don't think I even know which of the names I made up. There are a few that I know I definitely didn't make up ("Bob Humbug"), and a few I know I definitely did because I remember the moment when I did it ("Megan Gigatera"), but for most of them, I either have no memory of the process, or they fall somewhere in between (e.g. I found one I kind of liked, but changed the spelling or paired it with a similar but different first name or whatever).

I don't know for sure about Deena Sequins specifically; I didn't find any hits for "Deena Sequins" on-line that I could have looked at before adding the name to the list, nor any of the alternate spellings I could think of, so I think it's probably one I came up with on my own, but I don't remember the process. It could be from a site that's no longer on-line, or a site that Google doesn't index, or an alternate spelling that I'm unable to think of right now, or whatever.

Pat said...

Quadragintuplets, obviously.

Don't you think the drag queens should have their own song, an anthuriem?