I've been mostly absent from this blog for the past few months. I need to make some time to blog. The Holiday season is upon us and I just can't resist the seasonal poinsettias. Red is most common, but other colours, including white and pink, are also available. I purchased this small red one recently and it's at my office for now.
Care of poinsettias courtesy of Colorado State University Extension here.
I originally purchased the parent plant of this hard-cane dendrobium two years ago as a bareroot. It was labelled "Pure Doreen". I can't seem to find pictures of this cultivar online to confirm, but I hope it's not a mislabel. I have reason to be skeptical because I have received too many orchid mislabels.
Only afterwards did I notice something didn't look right with the canes. It turned out that the plant was dying, but it did produce a long beautiful spike of flowers, its swan song of sorts. Fortunately, all was not lost, as it also produced a keiki just before it died.
The keiki grew slowly, as most orchids do, and finally graced me with its lovely maiden blooms. Its purple and white two-toned flower is quite pleasing.
For the care of hard-cane dendrobiums, see previous post here.
Adeniums, also known as desert roses, are growing in popularity. Commonly available in a single pink flower form, newer cultivars feature double and triple blooms in a wider variety of colours.
Adeniums are succulent shrubs from Africa and Arabia. They require at least moderate sunshine and well draining soil. Poor drainage leads to rot. I recently acquired this miniature adenium. It bloomed for the first time today.
This is a rather brief GBBD post. I was busy over the last week and didn't take any pictures. This afternoon, on arriving home, I realized that it is GBBD. I took my camera and was only able to get one photo of a phalaenopsis before darkness fell.
I also included a photo of red crown of thorns. This is from a decorative display at a wedding I attended last Sunday.
Anthuriums easily come to mind when one thinks of tropical flora. This exotic flower comes in varying shades of white, green, purple, cream, pink, red and orange. Obake types are blends of two or more colours.
I am not that fond of orange anthuriums, but the cultivar 'Orange Glow' is quite nice. The spathe opens bright orange (that really does seem to glow) and fades to a lighter peach colour as it ages. The photo below does not quite capture the beauty and colour of this anthurium cultivar.
Anthuriums are easy to grow once a few conditions are met. Avoid direct sunlight, but too much shade will inhibit overall growth and flower production. Well draining soil is a must as these plants easily rot from waterlogged conditions. Fertilize moderately to encourage blooms.
For more information on anthuriums see Oglesby Plants cultural notes here.
'Picotee', which I blogged about previously, is the second bulb to flower. It is another mislabel. The flower is whitish with a green throat. The mislabeling is not a big deal because I ended up with a new cultivar once again. In addition, as noted before, I already have a 'Picotee' in my collection.
Last month I visited one of the larger garden outlets on the island. To my surprise they had tons of imported amaryllis bulbs in bloom. I was waiting two years for new bulbs and they didn't even advertise the shipment, which they usually do!
Most of the bulbs seemed to have already been sold, and the ones already sending out scapes and/or in bloom were potted up and sold at a higher price. I wasn't going to purchase those, so to my delight I found two boxes of bare bulbs slightly discounted. Initially there was several varieties but only these were left so I was somewhat disappointed. In addition, these two varieties were labelled Picotee, which I already have one of, and 'Red Lion', which is a common red. Nothing to get excited about. It's been so long since I had imported bulbs so I still purchased one of each and quickly potted them up anticipating their gorgeous blooms.
'Red Lion' sent up a scape first. The scape began to unfurl and it seemed odd. It was dark pink instead of red! Pink amaryllis cultivars are not as common as the red and white ones so it is a pleasant surprise. I am actually glad this one is a mislabel.
This is not the first time I received a mislabeled bulb. Amaryllis bulbs are mislabeled far too often. In this instance it worked to my benefit but what about those who purchase special cultivars only to receive a more common one? I wouldn't be too pleased.