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 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 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!
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.
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.
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.
My friend Leland has sent me many wonderful plants over the last couple of years. In April I received some very large cuttings of Philodendron warscewiczii. The cuttings were about 12-15 inches long and 2-3 inches in diameter. Seriously, they were like logs. I wasn’t sure what the best method would be for getting new growth from the cuttings, so I tried putting one cutting in a vase of water and the other directly into a chunky, loose mix of soil, bark, and charcoal and kept it pretty well watered.
The cutting which was started in water was the first one out of the gate, sprouting leaves and roots from two growth points. After a couple of weeks of growth in water, I decided to go ahead and plant this cutting in soil as well. The cutting that was started in soil did not show any progress for several more weeks. Finally I noticed a root emerging from one of the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot (see image above). At this point there were still not any leaves. A month or two down the road and my potted cutting began to sprout a new leaf from the tip. When the leaf finally unfurled I noticed this leaf was a mature warscewiczii leaf, while the leaves on my other cuttings were the juvenile form, with less divisions in the leaf. It seemed counter-intuitive, at first, that this cutting which had just produced it’s first leaf had a more mature leaf than my cutting which had two growth points with several leaves already.
The more I thought about this, I realized that my “late bloomer” cutting had a key difference that was most likely the reason for this difference. This cutting was a tip cutting and the leaf was emerging from the end, where new leaves were developing prior to the plant being dissected and sent across the ocean to me. The cutting which sprouted the two new growths and lots of leaves was, in a sense, starting from scratch, while this other cutting was continuing growth that had been going on for many years.
Now my slower cutting is about to unfurl a fourth leaf and my fast cutting has unfurled something like its 12th. Both are pretty plants, but the tip cutting has produced beautiful mature leaves that are much more appealing and more warscewiczii-ish than the many leaves of the other cutting.
Last year, Derek got some great photos of his Pinellia tripartita in bloom, including one photo which was featured in the International Aroid Society calendar. This plant is known to spread like crazy, since it offsets from the tubers, produces viable seed and also form bulbils at base of the petioles. He shared some of his bulb offsets with me and then later some seeds, too. I planted these in pots and kept them in my greenhouse over the winter. The seeds sproutedshortly after I got them and stayed about the same over the winter. The bulb offsets were dormant when I potted them up, but they have come up now and produced an inflorescence, which now has berries (infructescence).
I haven’t planted this one outside yet and it performed so well for me in the pot this year that I don’t know if I will. However, since I have so many seeds, it looks like I could easily have enough to plant some outdoors and keep some in pots, which would be nice.
At the IAS show in September I picked up a Pinellia pedatisecta, which Dr. Croat had pulled up from his own yard. I planted that one outside and it has also come up and produced an inflorescence, and has now set berries. Both of these plants are hardy in zones 5-10, so they shouldn’t have any trouble with the extreme heat or freezing temperatures of my zone.
At the Wichita orchid show I traded some plants with friends that I was meeting there. I got a nice clump of Pinellia ternata from Steve and have planted those beside the Pinellia pedatisecta beside the greenhouse. This plant also produces bulbils at the base of the petioles, so it spreads in a variety of methods.
I know this plant doesn’t look great right now, having just been transplanted, but it should perk up given a little time. Hopefully next year the clump is just as big and has a couple of blooms to go along with it. This little strip of garden along the back side of my greenhouse is becoming the hardy aroids area.
This is the final episode of the 6 part series on the orchid show I attended in Wichita a couple of weeks ago. If you haven’t already, read about the exhibits, slippers and Vandas, Dendrobiums and Encyclias, and uncommon orchids I saw there. This last post will just feature any pictures that I have left that I wanted to share. There’s not a real unifying theme among them.
First, I’ll show off the two plants I purchased at the show that I haven’t already shown you. I purchased a Holcoglossum wangii from Oak Hill Gardens. I have been seeing this genus for a while and knew that Oak Hill had a couple species for sale as mounted plants, so this was on my want list before I went to the show. We picked out a nice, full plant to add to my terete leaved orchid collection.
I’m sad to report that Oak Hill Gardens, one of my favorite orchid vendors, is closing their doors soon. They are selling their orchids to another grower and selling their property to a non-orchid nursery company or something like that. I have purchased more plants from Oak Hill than any other grower and I wish they were still going to be in business. They have reasonable prices and grow a lot of species orchids. They will be missed.
The other plant that I purchased and haven’t yet shown off is not an orchid, but an aroid. It is Anthurium marmoratum and is a really nice plant (above). I have only seen this plant for sale on occasion on eBay and it is always much more than I paid. I purchased this plant from Prairie Orchids. They also had some really nice velvet leaf Anthuriums in their exhibit (pictured below).
The largest genus in the orchid family is Bulbophyllum. I am not particularly drawn to this genus, but there are a couple of species that I like. Below is a Bulbophyllum with rather large flowers (for the genus).
The picture below is fairly representative, but there is just no comparison to seeing this plant in person. This jewel orchid, Macodes petola, looks like lightning is running through the leaves. It is really something to see, and this particular plant was very healthy and larger than any I had seen before.
There are people who are absolutely fanatical about Neofinetias. It is a tiny genus of just three known species, and yet there are hundreds of cultivars and intergeneric hybrids, including the genera Darwinia and Ascocenda. The most common species, Neofinetia falcata, is known as the “Japanese Wind Orchid,” and these plants are displayed in artistic displays and beautiful Asian pots like bonsai plants through Korea, China and especially in Japan. The flower of the pure species Neofinetia falcata is white, but cultivars have light highlights of pink, purple or orange. Hybrids can result in muted solid colors, like the plant pictured below.
I have started growing several Cymbidiums recently, primarily because they were given to me. I would like to be able to grow these well, but the culture is different enough from my other orchids that I don’t know if I will succeed. All of my Cymbidiums produce their blooms on upright stalks. Other Cymbidiums have pendulous bloom spikes that hang down from the plant, making these plants best suited to baskets or some other set up where the blooms will not just be laying on the ground. There was a nice pendulous Cymbidium on display in Wichita (below).
I hope you enjoyed my orchid show pictures. Stay tuned for some photos from the orchid show I attended in Oklahoma City a couple of weeks later!