Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Rumble Among the Jungle, Matches 1.1-1.4

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 1.1
Kalanchoe tomentosa (panda plant) vs. Clivia miniata cvv.

Clockwise from top left: Kalanchoe tomentosa, K. tomentosa flower, K. tomentosa, K. tomentosa 'Chocolate Soldier.'

Top: Clivia miniata. (Picture by Guérin Nicolas at Wikimedia Commons.) Bottom: NOID cv.

Match 1.2
Peperomia obtusifolia cvv. (baby rubber plant) vs. small hybrid Vriesea cvv.

Left: P. obtusifolia 'Golden Gate.' Right top and bottom: P. obtusifolia variegata.

(All unidentified Vriesea hybrids.)

Match 1.3
Ficus elastica (rubber plant) vs. Cryptanthus cvv. (earth star)

Clockwise from top left: F. elastica 'Burgundy,' NOID, 'Tineke' (or some similar cv.), 'Burgundy.'

Clockwise from top left: C. 'Elaine,' C. 'Black Mystic,' NOID, NOID, NOID.

Match 1.4
Yucca guatemalensis (spineless yucca) vs. Tradescantia pallida (purple heart)

Clockwise from top left: Y. guatemalensis, NOID variegated cv., NOID variegated cv., sprouts from cane section cuttings.

(Both T. pallida.)


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?


Kenneth Moore said...

Going by your criteria, I'm not completely shocked that I chose ones that are less easy to propagate. I mean, it seems to me that for each "battle," there was one plant that is super-easy to propagate, and another that is potentially less so. (Although, Cryptanthus/Ficus might be a toss-up.) So I went for the more difficult ones, on the assumption that everyone else in the world would eventually end up with a Kalanchoe/Peperomia/Ficus/Tradescantia collection that they'll be more than happy to share with me.

katsrevenge said...

A world without house plants... That is what nightmares are made of!

mr_subjunctive said...

Kenneth Moore:

That may not be entirely in the spirit of the question, but whatever. I think my own votes wound up being about the stability of the plant, which one I thought I was more likely to be able to keep going. (Except for 1.4, where they're both pretty darn stable plants.)

The pairings were randomly generated, so if there is a propagatability split for each pair, it was unintentional.

Pat said...

I chose by personal prejudice and bigotry, how else can you vote?

Nancy in Sun Lakes AZ said...

I don't know why I picked the ones I did. Some plants just appeal to me more than others I guess. Hmmmm ....!

Emily said...

Thus far only one of my four votes is with the majority...

Emily said...

Oh - also, maybe consider floating the polls at the top/somehow alerting their presence? Because I wonder if you're going to miss voters who don't scroll down once you post a non-Rumble entry.

mr_subjunctive said...


I'm hoping that people will find them without me having to call attention to them specifically:

There will be a new set of Rumble polls going up every single day at 5 PM CDT for at least the next two weeks (the last set of polls from the first round will go up on 6 Oct). So half the time, the newest post will be a RATJ post.
I'm not going to post "regular" posts every day (should be about as often as they were before RATJ started), so people who have the main PATSP page bookmarked will see them at the top of the page occasionally, even if they check during the (Western Hemisphere) day.
I'm hoping that keeping the polls open for three days at a time will be enough time for people to find them and vote in them regardless.[1]
I may occasionally make reference to past poll results in the "regular" posts too, though I don't want to obligate myself to doing it just yet.

As for the majority's voting tendencies so far, I feel your pain. I'm in the minority on three of the four as well, and the one I cared most about seeing advance to the next round is the one that's losing by the biggest margin at the moment. (You bastards!)


[1] (The original reasoning behind the three-day period was that I figured that lets people who can't access the internet from home vote in all the polls anyway.)

Long Haired Lady Rider said...

I can't picture myself ever voting for a bromeliad. If that was all the vendor had I would probably go buy fish or food or a puppy.

Flowers rule, color other than medium green rules, fuzziness rules, ability to thrive in my care rules.

Yup, that would be prejudice and bigotry here, thanks Pat for naming my voting patterns so that I didn't have to think too hard.

phantom_tiger said...

I am difficult and Pro-Bromeliad! Bromeliad fancying runs in my family. So it is very sad I haven't got a cryptanthus yet. I have guzmania instead.

I hate rubber plants. I am tending to vote for plants I have. They demand it. I wasn't sure about Tradescantia though. They're a bit too easy. Like weeds! I like the way Kenneth thinks. That was very logical.