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

 

  • Schlumbergera seedling no. 136

    Plants are the Strangest People Mar 18, 2018 | 10:00 am

    Still dealing with the secret project. It's not going well. I'm beginning to suspect that I'm not actually going to get all the seedlings from this year named before next year's seedlings begin to bloom.Here's 136A:It's okay! Not amazing. Really don't need any more white seedlings.1The name finalists are: Khutulun, Magician's Dove, Pegasus, Serenity Prayer.Khutulun is really interesting

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  • Schlumbergera seedling no. 179

    Plants are the Strangest People Mar 11, 2018 | 14:45 pm

    Mostly what I've learned from crossing Schlumbergeras is that anything x anything = orange. (This is not strictly true: sometimes you get white/pink. But it feels true.) The seed parent this time was the NOID magenta; obviously the pollen parent was one of the orange/white or orange/pink offspring of 'Caribbean Dancer.'Three of the four name finalists for this one refer to the never-ending

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  • Schlumbergera seedling no. 047

    Plants are the Strangest People Mar 5, 2018 | 11:00 am

    This one might be something of a trap, name-wise: the photo is in fact pretty accurate on the color of the flower, but previous seedlings that started out unusually light in color, or pinkish-orange, often do something different when they bloom again. 061A Leather Fairy got a lot more ordinary looking in its second year;1 074B Crone Islandhas been so inconsistent that I don't know what color it

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  • Schlumbergera seedling no. 122

    Plants are the Strangest People Mar 3, 2018 | 11:00 am

    Another seedling with only one bloom all season, but I got multiple photos of it, at least.122 isn't very interesting; I don't mind the white ones, but it's hard to get excited about them either. The only variation in color is in how much pink there is on the "tube," and I suspect that that is probably determined by temperature anyway. (There is occasionally some variability in flower shape,

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  • Schlumbergera seedling no. 062 (again)

    Plants are the Strangest People Mar 1, 2018 | 11:00 am

    Yet again: one bloom, one photo.Also: not entirely sure that this is a separate seedling from 062A Open World. It looks pretty different, but when I check all the photos I've gotten from pot 062, there are some flowers with colors intermediate between 062A and 062B. The one in this post is substantially different from the average bloom, but I don't know if it's actually a separate seedling. So

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  • Schlumbergera seedling no. 250

    Plants are the Strangest People Feb 27, 2018 | 11:00 am

    I'm only just now noticing that most of the early-blooming seedlings from the 2017-18 season only produced one bloom. (I think 044A Iktsuarpok is the only exception so far?) I don't think previous years were like this, so it must mean something. Not necessarily something worth caring about, but something.Anyway. So seedling 250A is another one of those: only one bloom. It's mostly interesting

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  • Schlumbergera seedling no. 044

    Plants are the Strangest People Feb 25, 2018 | 11:00 am

    This one's been around for quite a while, as you can tell from the low seedling number, and it's one of the seedlings from the NOID peach, which is still mildly unusual.1 It did manage to produce a fair number of blooms, once it got going, though I think I only got photos of the first one. The blooms are unusual in a couple ways: one, although most of the white-blooming seedlings produce some

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  • Schlumbergera seedling no. 098 (again)

    Plants are the Strangest People Feb 23, 2018 | 17:08 pm

    Seedling 098B is yet another orange / pink, not incredibly interesting in context of all the other orange / pinks, but it's pretty. I'm fairly certain that it's not the same seedling as 098A Hunting Tutu; although they're both orange, and although the orange-blooming seedlings can be frustratingly inconsistent from one flower to the next, the yellowish-orange / pink ones like this seedling1 don't

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  • Schlumbergera seedling no. 095 (again)

    Plants are the Strangest People Feb 21, 2018 | 11:01 am

    095B is the first good seedling of the year. It's not doing anything new, and it didn't do enough (only got one bloom), but it's a less common color than 018B Fifth-Year Senior, and it photographed better than 069B I Think She Likes Me, so "good" feels justified.It's also going to be a problem to name, because I like three out of the four choices very much and will be sad to give up two of

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  • Schlumbergera seedling no. 069 (again)

    Plants are the Strangest People Feb 19, 2018 | 11:00 am

    For whatever reason, the first four seedlings to bloom for the first time this year were "B" seedlings (i.e., they were the second seedling to bloom from the pot they were in). I'm not 100% certain that 018B (previously) and 098B are separate seedlings, but 069B and 095B definitely were. So let's take a look at 069B.It's only bloomed once this year. The red/pink seedlings (like 054A Helpful

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