It will be fun to see if I can get through this post without having to refer to seedling 0457 by name.1
I usually try to start the posts with the best / prettiest / most representative bloom photo I have, so here it is, of the second bloom the plant produced:
Not terrible, right? Pink but not too pink, spathe that's unusually long and narrow, non-matching spadix. It's okay. Maybe it's even a little interesting, with the shape.
However, the first attempt looked like this, and never opened any further, which was aggravating:
And the second bloom, the one that looked not-terrible, turned into this after a month.
Which is still not bad, but it's a lot more ordinary. I'm not happy about the thrips damage, either; I'm having one of those moments where I'm convinced that I'll never actually get rid of the thrips.2
The foliage isn't anything to get very excited about either,
though it's good enough that I could forgive it, if the plant had interesting enough blooms.
I think I'm going to have to wait and see what the third and fourth blooms look like before I can make a decision on this one.
2 The despair might be over by the time you read this; I'm writing on 10 September.
I am also increasingly certain that the bacterial infection I mentioned in the 0372 Tina Angst post is in fact happening, and maybe has always been happening? I know I've been asked about margin burns on Anthurium leaves, and I knew what the question was talking about, and guessed drought stress. But maybe it's always been Xanthomonas campestris.