Plants are the Strangest People

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


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  • The 2017-18 Schlummies (Returning awards)

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

    At long last, about six months too late, we have the 2017-18 Schlummies. This post will cover the awards for seedlings that bloomed in previous years, and then the next post will deal with 2017-18's seedlings. Sound good?1Most Improved Returning Seedling (2014-15 Season)"Most Improved" has turned out to be a rougher category than I initially anticipated; I'm never sure whether to choose

  • Schlumbergera seedlings: assorted (end of 2017-18 season)

    Plants are the Strangest People Nov 26, 2018 | 14:17 pm

    Last four to name:172A Proverbs 22:16Seed parent: NOID magentaExplanation: There's a lot in Proverbs that I'm not all that crazy about, like for example the verse just before this one,1 but 22:16 ("One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich — both come to poverty."2) seems pretty darn timely, and has I think been historically demonstrated as well

  • Schlumbergera seedlings: assorted (for a third time)

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

    Had kind of an odd week, so I didn't make much progress on the seedling names,1 but we can deal with half of the ones that are left, at least. Perhaps I can make up for the low number of seedlings by showing you more photos than usual?157A KapowSeed parent: NOID peachExplanation: The NOID peach's offspring have been almost entirely disappointing: many died early, the ones that didn't die

  • Schlumbergera seedlings: assorted (again)

    Plants are the Strangest People Nov 12, 2018 | 11:00 am

    Ready to knock down another eight seedling names in hopes of eventually maybe being able to start on the 2018-19 season? Of course you are.374A Hi Hungry I'm DadSeed parent: NOID yellow (batch #1)Explanation: Another non-yellow seedling of the NOID yellow, another comedy-adjacent name.1Also considered: Idée Fixe, Lawful Neutral, Undefined Expectations252A Don't Call Me SurlySeed

  • Schlumbergera seedlings: assorted

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

    It's become clear that I'm not going to catch up on the Schlumbergera seedlings if I keep doing things the way I've been doing them. We're already five seedlings deep into the 2018-19 season,1 and twenty-eight of the seedlings from 2017-18 are still waiting on names. So for this post, I'm going to settle as many of that twenty-eight as I can, with less explanation than usual.375A Who's On

  • Schlumbergera seedlings 196 and 125

    Plants are the Strangest People Oct 29, 2018 | 10:00 am

    No promises, but I might be back again for a bit. We'll see how it goes.Seedling 196A isn't that exciting to look at. Orange / light pink, a bit less orange than usual but otherwise pretty typical. It mostly distinguishes itself in the number and timing of the blooms: like 025A Clownfish, it appears to be unusually insensitive to day length and temperature, and is willing to set buds much more

  • 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,