LariAnn's blog: First-time opener . . .

Posted on Aug 15, 2011 11:27 AM

Today at Aroidia - August 15, 2011

One Alocasia I have that, until now, has never bloomed for me, has finally thrown at least two incipient blooms. This plant I call "brown sinuata" because it has brown petioles, main veins, and overall cast to the leaves when compared to the "regular" sinuata, which is green or with lightly pigmented petioles.2011-08-15/LariAnn/98fe7b The name, "Alocasia sinuata" is likely to be a wrong name, but the plant itself has a few similarities to my hybrid A. x portora, but with narrower leaves and larger lobes (see photo at right, leaf in middle of picture). This "brown sinuata" is unusual enough that I am anxious to cross it with something a little easier to grow. Yesterday morning, the first bloom opened, but I had no fresh pollen to use on it; this morning, I was expecting pollen drop, but found none as of 8:30 AM. I'll check again this evening - what a disappointment it would be if the blooms produce no pollen!

In other news, some of my stock Caladiums are already trying to go dormant, while a few others are just coming into their fullness. The last of the Spring Philodendron hybridizations have ripened and are ready for sowing, while the few midsummer Philodendron blooms are being worked to see if I can set hybrid seed on them.

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Pollen at last! by LariAnn Sep 13, 2011 2:20 PM 1

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