LariAnn's blog: Another - At Long Last!

Posted on Jul 31, 2011 4:17 PM

<h2>Today At Aroidia - July 31, 2011</h2>
<p>While Caladium breeding season is over, and Alocasia breeding is sparse, my Philodendron goeldii is finally showing a bloom that will be receptive to pollen tonight. This is especially auspicious because a dwarf meconostigma Philo hybrid of mine is also blooming and will be dropping pollen tonight. So tonight is the night for developing (hopefully) a dwarf plant with leaf characterstics similar to P. goeldii. I've already produced the larger version of this type of cross (P. bipinnatifidum x P. goeldii) and I've done one dwarf cross using P. goeldii as one parent, but using a different dwarf species than was involved in the hybrid blooming now. Tonight's dwarf bloomer has more desirable characteristics in leaf size, shape and color. The blooms (spathes) are even of a maroon color!</p>
<p>On another note, all of my Caladium seeds have germinated and either perished or are growing on abundantly. Thankfully, most of the Thai-Western hybrids i've done this year (my "Thaibrids") are doing excellently as seedlings. Still to early to see if i've got winning colors, though.</p>

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