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. 272

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

    272 is, as I said in the last post, also from Schlumbergera x buckleyi (pollen parent unknown). Like 256A Yes And No, it's not great, but it does have at least one notable quality, which you wouldn't be able to tell from the photos alone: the blooms were unusually tiny.Which led me to realize that the flowers I've seen on Schlumbergeras, whether in stores on named varieties or from my own

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  • Schlumbergera seedling no. 256

    Plants are the Strangest People Jun 13, 2018 | 10:00 am

    At this rate, I'm never going to get all the Schlumbergera seedlings named. I'm not even making progress -- number 183 has produced a first bloom since I wrote the last post.On the up side, I think I can go ahead and tell you all what the secret project was: I wrote a piece for the 2019 Old Farmer's Almanac Garden Guide. I have not yet been able to find a print copy to look at (despite having

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  • Schlumbergera seedling no. 369

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

    Still waiting to find out for sure whether I can say anything about the secret project. Also, since the last post, some stuff has happened with my family that is maybe going to complicate blogging for a while. So it's kind of starting to look like the 2017-18 Schlumbergera seedlings and Schlummies may not happen on-time, or possibly at all. About which I have mixed feelings.For now, though, we

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  • Schlumbergera seedling no. 414

    Plants are the Strangest People May 28, 2018 | 10:00 am

    I may not be back back, but we're getting closer to resuming routine blogging, and closer to the big reveal of what the super secret project was.1 It may take me a while to ramp back up to normal posting, but for the moment there's a Schlumbergera seedling to name, so let's start with that and see how it goes.For reasons I no longer quite remember, I was pretty impressed with seedling 414 when

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  • Schlumbergera seedling no. 420

    Plants are the Strangest People May 9, 2018 | 13:22 pm

    I'm happy about this one, though I'm not sure whether it's actually doing anything new. The one bloom it's produced to date is similar to some of the other red/pink seedlings (e.g. 099B Karma Cobra or 103B Must Be Love). The seed parent is the NOID magenta, which makes me wonder whether the original batch of 114 seedlings from 'Caribbean Dancer' might have had multiple pollen parents: it wouldn't

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  • 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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