Saturday, April 4, 2015

Anthuriums no. 0257 and 0264

Anthurium seedling 0257 has probably the truest and most relevant name of all the seedlings: Summer Bederth-Enuthers.

Summer herself is not among the cream of the crop: goodness knows I have plenty of red / yellow seedlings to choose from, and she hasn't especially distinguished herself. Though there's nothing wrong with her either.1 Leaves are unremarkable.

Seedling 0264 "Trey Lerpark" is along the same lines, except with a white spadix.

Trey's main distinguishing characteristic at this point is his stubborn refusal to completely unfurl his spathe. Maybe he's slow, maybe he's just genetically mandated to keep his spathe curved. I'd actually be fine with the latter, since the usual alternative to spathes staying concave is for them to flip backward and turn convex, which is stupid-looking. We'll see. In any case, he's also not particularly special either, for good or ill. Leaves are pretty typical.

The only thing that comes to mind is that I don't recall ever seeing any thrips, not that I have perfect recall of every time I've seen thrips.

I have the first orchid photo from 2015 scheduled for 6 April, and then I'll start showing you some Anthurium seedlings that actually are notable and cool. Or at least one seedling is (depending on how you feel about 0132 "Eve Stropper"). And maybe the "cool" one isn't actually cool, just notable. Though you might think it was cool: I don't know what you consider cool. The point is, it's not all going to be the same red and pink, red and pink, over and over again forever. I promise.


1 Or, well, one thing -- I may have seen a thrips once or twice. She doesn't seem to be inordinately bothered by thrips, unlike some of my seedlings (both 0046 "Aurora Boreanaz" and 0108 "Deena Sequins" are awful about this), but it's something of a character flaw to have any thrips.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Anthuriums no. 0041, 0220, 0237, 0344


Actually things aren't quite that bad; I'm throwing these four pinks together in a single post because I don't have much to say about any of them individually, and because this gets them all out of the way so we can talk about some marginally more interesting seedlings later. And for the record: I actually like pink just fine: I'm objecting to the repetition, not the color itself.

Seedling no. 0041 "Anna Graham"

Anna produced a first bud a long time ago, which was tiny and pale but unmistakeably pink, just like this one. I wasn't especially impressed the first time -- it was different, sure, but also tiny, and the color was a little too washed-out to be very interesting. I'm more into it now: the plant has grown quite a bit, the new foliage is pretty nice, and although the flowers are small, I have to admit that they do stand out pretty well against the rest of the plant. So Anna got the last available promotion to 6-inch; if I want to up-pot any more seedlings, I'm going to have to clear off another shelf.

Seedling no. 0220 "Nora Morse"

Nora and #0219 "Rhoda Horse" both started buds at the same time, but Rhoda chickened out, or something. Rhoda's bud was sort of kinked, like the most recent one from #0275 "Yvette Horizon," which may or may not be related. The only thing that's especially interesting about Nora is that she's a slightly different shade of pink, which leans ever so slightly to orange. Still really pink, though, obviously.

Seedling no. 0237 "Roxy Casbah"

Roxy started a bud last year and aborted during the summer, so it's mildly gratifying to see her trying again this year. That said, the color is exactly what I imagine when I'm talking about the pink / pinks, and we've seen it plenty of times. Also my brain tells me that any variation on the name "Roxanne" needs to have a red bloom,1 so it's difficult for me to remember which one Roxy is.2

Seedling no. 0344 "Formica Dinette"

Formica leans slightly toward the highlighter-pink color of #0275 "Yvette Horizon," but without the distorted spathe. So . . . um . . . good for her, I guess. Could be worse.


1 ♪Roxaaaaaaaaaaaane -- you don't have to put on the red spathe, those days are over, grab a loofah, get in the bathtub, and bathe♫ (There are very very few English rhymes for "spathe," it turns out. Pretty much limited to "scathe," "bathe," and "lathe," as far as words anybody else would know the meaning of.)
2 Fortunately, 0236 "Roxanne DeBree" looks like she's going to be red. No indication either way from 0050 "Roxxxy Andrews," but Roxxxy's so old that I figure if she were going to bloom, she would have done so by now, so maybe it doesn't matter.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Pretty picture: Bulbophyllum mastersianum

Well, this is different.

Definitely prettier than previous Bulbophyllums have been. (I suppose one could argue that B. echinolabium is prettier, though I think I prefer B. mastersianum.)

Not sure if it means anything, but I saw more Bulbophyllums at the 2015 orchid show than ever before (three, compared to a mere five total over the previous five years) -- are they having a moment? Did the genus just become cool or something?

Monday, March 30, 2015

New plant (But It's Also an Anthurium)

I'm, like, binging on new Anthurium-buying lately. Two in two months! (Six weeks, even!)

I don't know what this one's called either, and likely will never know, because it's also a Costa Farms product and they don't give a shit.1 I did at least remember to ask Wallace's while I was there, and they were like, sorry, they just ship 'em to us as "6-inch Anthurium," we never get any more information about it than that.

So that's how it's gonna be, I guess. I took a couple stabs at looking for a patent, but patents for red Anthuriums are a dime a dozen, and it doesn't really help to try to narrow it down to "dark red."

But none of this should take away from the plant itself. It may be nameless, but it's also awfully interesting, from a breeding standpoint. The actual blooms aren't anything spectacular, though it's at least a color we haven't seen much of before (a sort of dull dark red, with a streak of brighter red near the midline).

I'm still not a big fan of the saddle-shaped spathes, but I suppose it might be interesting to see what sorts of shapes result from crossing those with a standard or tulip spathe -- maybe I'll wind up with something new. Mostly, though, I bought this one for the foliage:


Not only are the leaves all unusually shiny and large, the new foliage is almost black. (I just went and looked at it again to be sure, and that photo makes it look much browner than it is in real life. In real life, it looks like a very very very dark brown-green that is all but black.) I have named varieties and seedlings where the new growth is green (most of 'em), red (0649 "Layona Davenport"),3 orange (0573 "Adore Delano"), pink-red (0105 "Deanne T. Christ"),4 brown (0120 "Eliza Boutisecksis" and lots of others), or brown-with-green-veins (0002 "Alexis Mateo"), but black is new. And would be awesome.5

Have yet to try to pollinate the new acquisition, and I'm not 100% sure it's even going to be possible, but fingers crossed.


1 Not that they should have to! I don't expect to be able to communicate with the wholesalers who supply my garbage bags or Q-Tips or milk or whatever. But if you're going to invite communication from the public, it seems like you should at least acknowledge when the public tries to communicate with you. Call me unreasonable.
2 All the pictures I got were crap: it's too large to fit within the black backdrop I have, and it's dark enough that, especially in combination with a black backdrop, the camera doesn't know what's going on and starts making things up. But I promise you, it's awesome in person. (If you like very very large, shiny, and dark-colored leaves, that is.)
3 Recent photo of Layona:

4 Semi-recent picture of Deanne:

The new leaves look more purple-red than anything else, in person. The photo doesn't show that very well.

5 Based just on what traits get me most excited, I think I'm ultimately breeding toward an Anthurium with very large, dark, glossy arrowhead-shaped leaves, large, dark purple standard spathes, non-matching spadix (color to be determined), and dark brown new growth. Not that that's a conscious goal exactly, though now that I'm imagining it, it does seem pretty appealing. So.