Re: anthurium scherzerianum hybrids

At 11:39 AM 1/25/97 -0600, wrote:
>     on the topic of plants in offices, there were a few in this list who=20
>     suggested a. scherzerianum
>    =20
>     i have one at home, which i bought as a large plant with seven=20
>     inflorescences (white) more than a year ago.  it has been declining=20
>     since.  i get a lot of new growths, but the leaves never get as big=20
>     as the ones they came with and eventually they turn brown.  i water=20
>     it very little because i think the browning of the leaves is caused=20
>     by overwatering.  i still haven't got rid of it because the rhizome=20
>     seem to be very large and still puts out new growth all the time, (in=20
>     other words, it is still alive, i hardly ever throw out a live=20
>     plant).
>    =20
>     any tips on how to cultivate it indoors?  specifically, 1) what kind=20
>     of substrate should i use?  peat?  loam?  epiphyte mix?, 2) how much=20
>     watering does it need?,  3) light requirements?  i also hear people=20
>     who say fancy anthuriums are not good houseplants.  what do you=20
>     think?
>    =20
>     also, in regards to the variety a. scherzerianum 'rotschildianum': i=20
>     first saw it in a picture in the logee's catalogue.  that version, is=20
>     a rather elliptic "normal" spathe, creamy with red dots, and a screwy=20
>     spadix.  i recently visited someone's greenhouse and he was growing a=20
>     'rothschildianum' that looked very different.  the spathe was very=20
>     large and almost rectangular, it was mostly red but still had the=20
>     screwy, pig-tailed spadix.  does anyone know which is the true roth?
>    =20
>    =20
>     tsuh yang chen, new york city
So glad to hear that Logee's still has that wonderful Anthruium! In my
Anthurium Phase, which  is still going on, I found them quite variable in
"flower". I never thought of them as subjects for growing outside a
greenhouse, except for short-term display. I made th mistake in Hawaii of
thinking tht certain private homes were nurseries, for there it is the
custom to move flowering anthuriums outside in rows in pots for display!
There are Anthuriums without name and number in HI, incl one with a
dinnerplate size inflorescence, the color purple shading towards deepest
green. Somber, magnificent!
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