Plants are the Strangest People

PATSP is a long-winded, intermittently humorous blog which is mostly about houseplants, particularly Anthuriums.


There are frequent posts / discussions about orchids in this blog


  • Random plant events: Leuchtenbergia principis, Zamia furfuracea

    Plants are the Strangest People Oct 20, 2018 | 10:00 am

    Everything was going fine, and then it was time to dig up the Cannas and bring them in for the winter. And you've seen the Cannas.1As of 18 October, direct-weighing on a bathroom scale has given us the approximate figure of 787 lb. (357 kg) of Canna rhizomes brought inside for the winter, and we haven't even dug them all up yet.2 My best guess is that another 200-300 lb. (91-136 kg) remain to

  • Schlumbergera seedlings 130, 160, 187, and 402

    Plants are the Strangest People Sep 30, 2018 | 10:00 am

    Okay, well. There was never any danger of getting through all of the 2017-18 Schlumbergeras before the 2018-19 ones started to bloom, but as of a few days ago I'm officially a season behind: the first blooms from 423A and 437A have happened, with substantial buds on two more seedlings (469A and 472A). I can't catch up, but I can at least try not to fall further behind, so we have four seedlings

  • Anthurium no. 1352 "Queen Bee Luscious"

    Plants are the Strangest People Sep 14, 2018 | 10:00 am

    Queen Bee Luscious is unusually difficult to photograph, because her spathes have a very pronounced saddle shape to them.Or at least usually they do: the first bloom looked more or less normal. Except for the missing spadix.As mentioned in the post for 1323 Kayla Stratus, QBL also has a lot of thrips damage, which is really disappointing.On the positive side, she's produced a lot of

  • Schlumbergera seedling no. 377

    Plants are the Strangest People Sep 12, 2018 | 10:00 am

    337A is the other exciting new thing from the 2017-18 seedlings, along with 392A Subjunctive. It's similar to Subjunctive but not quite the same:Basically the same coloration, but where Subjunctive is magenta, 377A is light pink. I personally like this one slightly better, on the grounds that I think the yellow and pink harmonize a little better with one another than the yellow and magenta,

  • Schlumbergera seedlings 138 and 380

    Plants are the Strangest People Sep 10, 2018 | 10:00 am

    The Schlumbergeras in the house are already budding up in anticipation of the 2018-19 season; I still have way too many seedlings to show you before those posts can happen. Though the saving grace could be that most of the seedlings that can produce blooms already have: I haven't potted up any new seedlings or moved any seedlings from the basement to the plant room. So maybe I'll make up for the

  • Anthurium no. 1720 "Mado Lamotte"

    Plants are the Strangest People Sep 8, 2018 | 10:00 am

    I've been teasing a green flower for a few posts now, and it's finally here. This is Mado:26 November 2017.Personally I think this is very pretty, though I suppose your feelings about green flowers may vary. Less attractively, the color changes over time, with the spathe getting lighter and lighter and the spadix getting darker and then abruptly changing to white.29 November 2017.This

  • Schlumbergera seedlings: assorted

    Plants are the Strangest People Sep 6, 2018 | 10:00 am

    Seedling 227A was the second 'Exotic Dancer' seedling to bloom; the first was 226A Be Not Afraid. I'm not sure how I feel about 227A. The coloration is very similar to the magenta / red / orange / white group of seedlings, like 106A Jaws Of Elmo or 079A Yayoi Kusama, but the "red" is a softer, pinker red. It's possible that this is a fluke; I only got two flowers, both kind of . . . rustic,1 so

  • Anthurium nos. 1304, 1691, 1480, 1353, and 1167

    Plants are the Strangest People Sep 4, 2018 | 10:00 am

    Another five seedlings today; I really like a couple of them even though they're not doing anything new.Anthurium no. 1304 "Chanaile Solitaire"Except for not knowing how to pronounce the name,1 this one is great. The spathes are large and lie more or less flat, and although the spathe color isn't unusual, the spadices are sort of orange when the spathe first opens. Which is a little bit new,

  • Anthurium no. 1453 "Amber Marie"

    Plants are the Strangest People Sep 2, 2018 | 10:00 am

    Back in 2015, I was considering the idea that "Amber" was just inherently an unlucky name for Anthurium seedlings, following the disappointing 0558 Amber Waves and 0532 Amber Alert, but apparently when it comes to Ambers, third time's the charm.Not that she doesn't have problems. That's quite a bit of thrips damage. And also it's extremely visible thrips damage. But. Purple spathes are

  • Schlumbergera seedlings: assorted

    Plants are the Strangest People Sep 1, 2018 | 16:47 pm

    Four seedlings to name today, even though I don't like cramming so many together into a single post. Kinda feel like I have to, if I want to get caught up before the 2018-19 Schlumbergeras get going.Seedling 010B is interesting more for what it is than for what it looks like. When the first blooms appeared in pot 010, I wavered on the question of whether there were two distinct plants in the