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

 

  • Anthurium no. 1409 "Ramona West"

    Plants are the Strangest People Jan 5, 2019 | 11:00 am

    From time to time, a seedling will do a little fake-out, making me think that I'm getting one kind of bloom and then actually delivering another. 0330 Faye Quinette was one of the first of these, producing a brown bud that became an orange spathe, and 1731 Robyn Millyonz was another (green bud became a beigey spathe), and now we have Ramona. This was the bud:And here's what I got:(And just

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  • Anthurium no. 1715 "Tyler Linoleum"

    Plants are the Strangest People Dec 30, 2018 | 11:00 am

    So now I'm faced with a sort of problem. It's a completely optional problem, but it's still a problem.The thing is that there's a completely unreasonable number of unblogged Anthurium seedlings,1 and most of them are not interesting on their own, at all. I could possibly make them interesting by talking about some other, barely related thing and ignoring the seedlings entirely, but that's kind

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  • Explanation

    Plants are the Strangest People Dec 19, 2018 | 14:59 pm

    Intended to be posting Anthurium photos by now, but I got sick, then my computer monitor died and had to be replaced, then I got sick with something else that was worse than the first thing, then the computer's power supply blew up and the computer was dead and had to be replaced, and so on. So posts are coming, but I'm going to have to get my life back to normal first; it's unclear how long

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  • The 2017-18 Schlummies (New Seedling awards)

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

    At long last. . . .Most Floriferous New Seedling (2017-18)Most Floriferous is a straightforward category: either the plant produces lots of flowers or it doesn't. Not a lot of ambiguity to it. Granted, I don't count them, so it's possible the seedling that produced the most flowers has never actually won, but in principle there's objectivity. In any case, this year it was pretty easy to guess

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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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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