Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Anthurium no. 0855 "The Very Miss Dusty O"

That's not a typo; I am constantly having to stop myself from correcting the name to the more logical-sounding "very dusty Miss O." Just to get that out of the way.

This is another posthumous seedling post; she bloomed early, while still in a 3-inch pot, and is still the only plant to fully complete a bloom while still in a 3-inch pot.1 However, she also had scale, so I took the pictures and then threw her out. Not a big loss anyway: even if she'd been bug-free, she was just another unremarkable pink bloom.


Foliage was okay, I guess.


There was at least quite a bit of it.


But as much as I appreciated the enthusiasm, it wasn't worth it to keep a scale reservoir around for a plant with a boring inflorescence. So that's the end of The Very Miss Dusty O's story, until the name gets reused.

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1 1038 Adlai Lowe was the first seedling to bloom in a 3-inch pot, in February 2016, though his inflorescence couldn't open completely because of its location. He hasn't tried again yet.
1232 Fiona St. James tried, in March 2016, but was thrown out on account of scale before it opened. Or maybe the bud aborted, and then I threw her out because of the scale. I can't remember. There was definitely scale.
0855 The Very Miss Dusty O was the first 3-inch plant to fully complete a bloom, in May 2016.
0523 Gilda Lilly tried in June, and then got scale.
0765 Hope Leeze's first bud appeared in August 2016 and is still in progress as I write this. The bud is pinkish-red, and I imagine that will be the final color as well. Which is boring, but "boring" is still better than "thrown away because of scale."
1095 Carolina Pineforest also started a first bud in August 2016, which is still in progress. Her bud is white so far, which almost always means that the finished spathe will be pink.


Monday, August 29, 2016

Anthurium no. 0805 "Triana Hill"

Finally we get to talk about 0805 Triana Hill. I've been excited about this.


Triana's color isn't unprecedented: 0097 Colin Ambulance, 0328 Polly Esther Blend, and 0596 Alisa Summers have all been pretty similar. But Colin has trouble with thrips, and his blooms are short-lived. Polly flips her spathes back, which is annoying, and her blooms are relatively small, too. Alisa's good -- one of the best seedlings I have, of any color -- but she's still only one plant, and things happen.

I don't know whether Triana will turn out to be quite as excellent as Alisa, but we're off to a good start. Her foliage is generally pretty nice,


and, like Alisa, she suckers well.


I would like it if Triana and Alisa both held onto their peachy, light orange hue a little bit better: in both cases they open up peach but quickly turn light pink. The peach is more interesting.

The most recent bloom, a few days after opening.

I think this is the first bloom, a few weeks after opening. The difference isn't huge, but since the color is subtle to begin with, it doesn't take a lot to turn it boring.

Happy with her regardless, and it's also notable that Triana is the first pretty second-generation seedling.1 She's the daughter of 0234 Ross Koz, but you wouldn't know it to look at them:

Left: 0234 Ross Koz (F1). Right: 0805 Triana Hill (F2).

Because it took me so long to get around to writing about Triana, several other second-generation seedlings have bloomed by now.2 Whether pink or orange, Triana remains the prettiest of her generation so far, though plenty of the others are still at least interesting. And new buds keep appearing all the time.

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1 The very first second-generation bloom was 0716 Herbie Hind, son of 0239 Russ Teanale. I didn't like Herbie's first or second blooms, which were scarred by thrips, but one could argue that he was pretty by bloom number three:


The other previous second-generation bloom was on 1038 Adlai Lowe, Triana's half-brother (Adlai's seed parent was also 0234 Ross Koz). It technically might not count as a completed bloom, since it couldn't actually open all the way.

2From 0005 Chad Michaels: 0694 Brad Romance, 0698 Landon Cider, 0721 Chandelier Divine Brown, 0723 Tara Dactyl, 0842 Pretty Punasti
From 0108 Deena Sequins: 0760 Delta Work
From 0234 Ross Koz: 0807 Lucida Italic, 0855 The Very Miss Dusty O
From 0239 Russ Teanale: 0690 Sister Kitty Catalyst, 0718 Donovan


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Unfinished business: Clivia seedlings

The picture is six months out of date, and I've up-potted these since it was taken. The basic information -- that the self-pollinated Clivia 'Aztec Gold' seedlings are still alive -- remains true, though.


The seeds were sown in August 2013, and there was an update on them in April 2014.

My other Clivias -- the parent 'Aztec Gold' and a plain-orange offset from WCW in October 2007 -- are still around. The latter is fighting a scale infestation at the moment, which is upsetting,1 but 'Aztec Gold' has continued to offset well since it started in January 2014, and the offsets are now large enough to consider potting up separately. Though I'm probably not going to, because it turns out that I like the fuller look one gets with multiple plants in the same pot.

The seedlings will probably not bloom light yellow like their parent did; I assume it's a hybrid. Not really concerned with it either way: I've had Clivias since 2007, and have only seen one bloom in that time. I mean, I'd eventually like to know what the blooms look like, but I'm not necessarily expecting to find out.


P. S.: In the course of trying to locate patent information for Clivia 'Aztec Gold,' I ran across a blog that consisted solely of two blog posts of mine, which had been copied almost completely -- photos, title, captions, and text -- though for some reason not the tags. The internet is infuriating, and full of terrible people.

I've submitted a takedown request to Google,2 and I imagine it will be granted, but so much stuff of mine has been duplicated in one place or another (as I discover when I search for information about one of my plants) that it would take me a lifetime just to fill out the requests for getting it all taken down. This is not a good system for preventing content theft, and I am angry.

I'll let you know what happens. (It has probably already happened, by the time you read this: I'm writing on 20 August.)

UPDATE (22 Aug.): Google had taken the posts down by August 22nd. The blog still exists, which is mildly irritating to me, but at least it no longer has any posts.

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1 This is the first time I've had a pest problem with Clivia, I think. I knew they could get scale and mealybugs, but since it hadn't happened before, I sort of thought that maybe my personal pet scale wasn't compatible with Clivias. So it's been disappointing to learn otherwise.
I removed a couple leaves and dosed it with imidacloprid. Ordinarily, throwing it out would have made more sense, but it's not like Clivias are widely available around here, and besides, this particular one has some sentimental value. So we'll see how far the imidacloprid gets me.
2 Which is one reason why I'm not linking to the posts in question -- the links would soon be dead, assuming Google does the right thing and deletes the blog. And I have every reason to think they will. The other reason is that if Google doesn't delete the blog, then I'm loath to give the thief any credibility with search engines by linking to them.


Friday, August 26, 2016

Pretty picture: Phalaenopsis NOID

This didn't photograph well; the flower spike was tall enough that it was higher than the display's background, so I caught a lot of greenhouse roof in the photos and it got kind of washed out. Which is too bad, because I was very impressed with it. Not only is the color neat, but I don't think I've seen this kind of patterning before.


Unfortunately, I have no idea what its name is, so that's all I can tell you about it.



In unrelated news, letting the dill go to seed in 2015 did finally get me some swallowtail caterpillars. I've been trying for at least a few years, and this is the first year I've spotted any.


I think, based on what I've seen flying around this year and what I've seen on-line, that this is probably a black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes). The caterpillars were only visible briefly; I don't know if birds got them or if they're pupas already. Happy to see them either way; it was maaaaaaaaaybe even worth all the dill seedlings I'm going to have to pull up next year.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Anthurium no. 0404 "Joe Hai"

As our regularly-scheduled reminder that 50% of seedlings will be below average, we have Joe.


Hardly the worst seedling of all time, and Joe even has a couple positive characteristics. His color isn't the worst; he produces more flowers than average; he offsets well.


On the other hand, the blooms are also short (I had trouble photographing it because the leaves kept getting in the way), and the burnt spathe bothers me.1 The foliage is also more marked-up than I would like, though I've seen worse.


Verdict: Joe's probably on the way out, unless he manages to produce a healthier-looking bloom pretty soon.

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1 I don't know what causes this; I would normally assume thrips, but thrips damage is usually both shallow (not going all the way through the spathe) and less broad (small patches separated from one another, as opposed to a large continuous dead zone along the spathe margin).
I can't rule out the thrips, but it doesn't look like them. Best guess: perhaps I'm letting the plants get too dry while the bud is developing or opening?


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Anthurium no. 0345 "Lauren Forcement"

As I've mentioned before, I'm writing the seedling posts in the order that the new blooms appear.1 So it's a coincidence that I'm writing about a Lauren immediately after writing about a different Lauren. Laurens were just having a moment in mid-May.

This particular Lauren is just okay. The bloom is bigger than most of the recent first blooms have been,


but it's a common color combination. Similarly, the foliage is fine: minimal scarring,


and there's a lot of it,


but it's not doing anything particularly new, either. Since this set of photos was taken, Lauren's revealed a tendency toward long internodal distances2 (which means the plant flops over a lot) and reflexed spathes.3 She doesn't have any specific qualities that make her terrible, but she also doesn't have anything uniquely awesome going on. So: a keeper, but probably only until I get desperate for space, at which point she'll be sold or discarded.

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1 Among other things, this means that all the posts I'm working on now are about blooms that appeared three months ago. Which feels weird, but allows more time for the plants' qualities to reveal themselves.
2 I.e. relatively long segments of stem between leaves. The plant is still perfectly healthy, but compact plants are more valuable: they're easier to photograph, and remain in sellable condition longer.
3 I.e. the spathe flips back away from the spadix a few days after it first opens. This is also mostly a problem for photography and commercial production.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Anthurium no. 0514 "Lauren Ipsum"

I wasn't nuts about Lauren's first bloom, which seemed like an ordinary red / yellow and flipped its spathe back besides.


It got a little more interesting when the spadix started getting red polka dots to match the spathe, but that never wound up being pretty, just a little odd.


The second bloom was much better. The color was more interesting, it was less ragged around the edges,


and when the spadix started changing color, it did so more smoothly. (It stopped short of going completely purple, though.)


The flowers are pretty small, but a third one is about to open, so they're at least coming along relatively quickly, and the second bloom still looks good, a month after it opened. So Lauren has potential. I wish the leaves were a little more thrips-resistant,


but the overall shape is nice and compact,


and the new leaves are fine. Though I don't feel like the bloom color and new leaf color coordinate very well.


Overall, a definite keeper, and I'll move Lauren up to a 6-inch (15 cm) pot just as soon as I figure out a place to put her.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Anthurium no. 0339 "Johnny Lufschachi"

Best thing about Johnny is his foliage. Or at least that was his best feature while he was still alive: he got thrown out a couple months after these photos were taken, because his roots were rotting, or poorly anchored, or something. Not sure what the cause was exactly, but his problem was that he was falling more and more out of the pot.1

I suppose now, his best feature is his name, though I'm guessing the joke is lost on anyone under the age of 40.


The flower was pitiful enough that I'm not too upset about the loss: small, thrips-scarred, boring color.


The foliage was really nice, though. Few blemishes, dark green, large: the plant looked really good last September, when the first bud appeared.

September 2015.

The first bud aborted, and it seems like a couple others must have as well, because it took eight months from first bud to first finished bloom. By that point, a number of leaves had come off. Can't remember why, but there are only two possibilities, neither good. Either the plant dropped a bunch of leaves spontaneously, or I saw scale and was hoping it was isolated to just a few leaves, so I pulled them off.

May 2016.

Johnny didn't reproduce, and won't be passing on any of his qualities, good or bad, so I suppose he's irrelevant, but I like to be thorough. There's a better seedling coming up tomorrow.

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1 Sometimes this happens. Usually the precipitating event is that I pull the plant out of the pot accidentally, breaking roots in the process, and it fails to grow new roots to replace the ones that got broken. In cases like Johnny's, though, it seems like there were never many roots in the first place. I suppose root quantity and quality are genetically variable, just like everything else, so there will be root winners and root losers.