Thursday, April 20, 2017

Anthurium no. 1145 "Jimmy James"

Jimmy's kind of a mixed bag, as seedlings go. He took a really long time to produce a fully-developed inflorescence; for quite a while I was getting stuff like this instead:

I mean, obviously there are worse things. And in some ways the half-baked blooms are more interesting than the finished version, which is the same old red / yellow combination we've seen many times before:

But even so. Even the fastest seedlings have a long delay between the appearance of a bud and the actual unfurling of a spathe, so when a seedling stops just short of unfurling, it's hard not to feel frustrated.

The plant overall isn't particularly full-looking, though it makes up for it slightly by having interesting leaves. It isn't always visible, but the thin reddish edge on the leaf here

is a real thing, not an artifact added by the camera, and the larger veins are slightly red as well. Even better, the new leaves are a very dramatic red-orange.

Jimmy does have some minor problems with thrips and Xanthomonas; one or both may be enough to get him discarded eventually. I'm willing to wait and see how things go, though.

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