Anthurium inflorescences

My aroids don’t bloom all that often.  So when they do, it is worthy of celebration.

This growing season I have had three of my Anthuriums produce inflorescences.  This summer has been relatively cool and moist, which I am sure is a driving factor.  I have shown pictures of my favorite species, Anthurium scandens before.  It continues to send out tiny inflorescences for me year-round.  This summer has been no exception.

Anthurium scandens inflorescence
Anthurium scandens inflorescence with size comparison


Anthurium paraguayense inflorescence

Anthurium paraguayense is a bird’s nest style Anthurium with large leaves that have wavy margins.  The inflorescence is quite boring, but on the plus side, there were two of them – the second about 3 weeks after the first.  Had I been more proactive I could have saved pollen from the first inflorescence and tried to pollinate the second.  Next year!

Anthurium verapazense

Anthurium verapazense is becoming one of my favorite Anthurium in my collection.  The leaf shape is really nice and it puts out leaves at a pretty fast rate, compared to several of my other plants.  I was expecting another boring green inflorescence and was really happy to find this vibrant magenta spadix!

Anthurium verapazense inflorescence

I guess I should be watching for pollen on the off chance that I get another inflorescence to follow in the next couple of weeks.

An update on my batch of lemonade

In my last post I talked about trying to make lemonade out of my broken Amorphophallus atroviridis leaf.  Last night I impatiently opened the container, checked the leaves, and then gently brushed aside the vermiculite to see if there was anything at the end of the leaf cutting.

Rooted Amorphophallus atroviridis leaf cutting

I was ecstatic to find several roots growing there.  I snapped a quick picture and returned the cutting to the container, gently pushing the media back in place.  I didn’t want to disturb the two other cuttings.  I have a feeling all three of them have rooted because none of the leaves have wilted.  At this pace I imagine I will have some tubers forming in the next month and then maybe a new leaf will emerge from each of those tubers in a couple of months after that.