Friday, January 23, 2015

Pretty picture: Schlumbergera 'Stephanie'

It's Schlumbergera time again!

I'm writing this on 12 January, so I don't yet know how many total posts this second round will contain, but there are at least five. This particular post covers the last named cultivar to bloom, 'Stephanie,' which missed the first named-cultivar post by a couple weeks.

And no, I didn't get a photo of the flowers fully-opened, but I think you can extrapolate from the above pictures what one of those looks like.

This is the first time 'Stephanie' has bloomed for me, and I was a little disappointed with it. Not that the flowers aren't pretty, but it didn't make very many (I think there were five, total.), and I think when I got it, I was 1) expecting more of an orange than a red-orange, and 2) not aware that I would eventually have tens of thousands of orange seedlings. Though all that happened so long ago that I honestly can't remember what I was expecting.

In any case, voila, 'Stephanie.' Tomorrow we start back up with the seedlings again. Hope you like orange!


Ivynettle said...

I've never seen one with striped petals! I'd happily take this "disappointment" off your hands if you weren't on the wrong side of the Atlantic.

mr_subjunctive said...


I'm not entirely sure that 'Stephanie' is always this streaky; the images that come up when you do an image search are about half streaky and half not. So there may be a cultural component to the color as well. I won't know until I've gotten it to bloom a few more times.

I'm not sure whether I've seen a streaky/stripey schlum before or not: I have a vague memory of seeing a magenta bloom with white streaks similar to this, at some point this fall, but I don't remember where and I'm not sure I examined it that closely, so I could be misremembering what little I do remember.