Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Anthurium scandens from seed

A while back, I mentioned my purchase of Anthurium scandens.  I was lucky enough to purchase the plant on eBay, only to be given one a couple of days later.  At that time I was a little annoyed I had spent money on a plant, only to receive a larger one for free.  But then a couple of months later, when my free cutting died, I was glad that I had purchased the original.

The feature that really drew me to this plant was the "woody" appearance.  It has a "woody" look because it has persistent brown cataphylls.  In laypeople's terms, the stems of the plant have little brown sheaths that cover the green stems.  Another cool attribute of the plant is the profusion of adventitious roots coming out of the length of the stem, as well as inflorescences at nearly every node.  These inflorescences self-pollinate and bear white fruit (berries).  It is quite remarkable, unlike any other aroid I have ever grown.

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Anthurium scandens - photo courtesy Christopher Rogers

Anyway, the plant that I purchased, I still have.  But it has barely grown for me and doesn't have the distinct persistent cataphylls.  Maybe this is just a variation or maybe my plant is just not mature enough yet.  Time will tell.

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Anthurium scandens - photo courtesy Derek Powazek.  Notice the color of the berries.  And again the adventitious roots are prominent. 
Then recently, I received some seeds from a friend of Anthurium scandens and now have little seedlings growing!  I'm super pumped about these little guys.
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Anthurium scandens seeds germinating

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Anthurium scandens seedlings - as of January 16, 2012.

I also got a cutting from Jason's plant, who got his at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden at our MidAmerica meeting.  So these are cuttings from the same plant that I had.  I'm really happy to have this plant back in my collection and I looking forward to my seedlings becoming mature.

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Anthurium scandens cutting from Jason

Friday, January 13, 2012

Greenhouse facelift

My blogging hiatus continues due to all of my free time going towards our house addition.  The addition was bricked a couple of weeks ago and it turns out that I ordered entirely too much brick.  Apparently that is difficult to do, so I have a hidden talent.  If you ever need someone to over estimate the number of bricks you need for a project, give me a call!  Anyway, I had our brick layer come back this week and use some of the extra bricks, to brick the greenhouse.  Check it out:

BEFORE (picture taken just after finishing the greenhouse, that brief moment before all the plants moved in)

The above picture was taken just after finishing the greenhouse, in that brief moment before all the plants went running inside.


Pretty nice, huh?  It's just a little sad to see my nice cinder blocks covered up.  But now the greenhouse perfectly matches the house and looks a little more official.

And here's a photo of our addition, all finished on the outside.  It's getting close to being finished on the inside, as well.

Finished exterior of our house addition