New plants

marricgardensJanuary 26, 2013

For my birthday, DH took me to a nursery and told me to 'go wild'. I chose these ones: this is a green jade and a dieffenbachia (sp?).

Next I chose a new bromelaid. There was a nice yellow one but it didn't have any 'pups' growing. This red one has 5 in the pot. I thought getting one with pups growing would be better?

This white anthirrium is still flowering and more flowers are appearing. The label in the pot said Anthurium Lovable Hearts.

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Nice of your DH.
Bromeliads form pups at different times. Some start pupping when in bloom, some only after bloom. Regardless, the plant blooms once and withers away. The pups then grow, the mother plant leaves die off, and the pups will bloom for you next year. The blooms are tiny yellow or blue, (the usual colors, but some have red flowers) things that appear down in the cup after the leaves color. In other plants those colored leaves are called bracts (like the red in Poinsettias), not sure about Bromeliads. At any rate, mine like a shaded place in the garden in the summer. Keep the leaves wet and the roots well draining. Temps above 10C.

A word to learn when dealing with Broms is 'trichomes'. Look it up. Also, your plant might be a Guzmania, but I am terrible at IDs.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 9:35PM
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Is that an African violet in the background? Was that part of your haul?


    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 2:03AM
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Actually there are a few AV I had already. They bloom non-stop! My mother grew AV but I never really got into them until a few years ago. Those I bought at HD for $1.50 each.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 8:04AM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

very nice set!

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 10:29AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Nice! What big leaves on such a small Dief, I love it (and the others!)

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 12:20PM
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Very nice Birthday presents! Happy Be-lated Birthday!

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 1:55PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Rutroh, caught skimming, I didn't even see that part. Happy birthday!

P.S. (whispering...) People with Jan b-days are the coolest. Don't tell the others!

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 2:55PM
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Thanks everyone. I did go to the Bromelaid Society page and clicked on Guzmania, didn't know what they were. Sure enough I think mine is a Guzmania. When I first saw the Dieffenbachia, I thought there were 2 different plants in the pot because of the different leaf colors. Looking forward to watching it change over time. Purple, what does Rutroh mean? I figured out the 'are you there' but not the last part. Duh! Marg. BTW, you're right about the people born in Jan.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 7:33PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

You've never watched the Jetsons?

Thought a quick google would confirm for me that it wasn't Scooby Doo who said rutroh (I try not to state facts w/o checking them first, my memory isn't perfect,) and I actually got a little confused out there. incorrectly attributes the phrase to Scooby Doo, and in my head I could hear Astro AND Scooby Doo saying this... (and started to feel slightly insane - more than usual.) Wiki helped things make sense:

"Scooby was voiced by Don Messick until the voice actor's death in 1997. Messick is also known for providing the voice of the dogs Astro on The Jetsons and Muttley (who snickered).[2] The characteristic voices of Scooby and Astro are so similar that Astro's signature phrase, "Ruh-roh!", is popularly and improperly attributed to Scooby (as in "Ruh-roh, Raggy!")."

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 9:46AM
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