This was such an amazing cross, so we did it again. We yielded a small batch this time.
These spectacular hybrids were created by us. Notably, this type of hybrid varies in traits. Some are showing DARK leaves, some have brilliant RED venation.
Seed parent: blue velvet is a unique magnificum hybrid with a slightly metallic blue hue, emergent pink veins that harden to electric lime, and a firm leaf once it hardens. This anthurium was created by a friend and fellow collector- my mother plant is a direct clone from the original.
Pollen parent: one of the most spectacular velvet anthuriums with dark leaves, and minimal venation.
Each seedling will have 2-5 leaves. As these are hybrids, seedlings will vary in size and features.
Anthuriums are typically epiphytic and do well in a substrate with ample aeration- orchid bark, charcoal, coco coir, perlite, and things of that nature assist with aerating your substrate so it is not too dense and holding too much moisture. It is always best to play around with what substrate mixture works best for your environment.
Anthuriums can survive in lower light conditions, but prefer at least 6 hours of bright, indirect sunlight each day. We grow our seedling under shade cloth, outdoors, for reference. Harsh, direct light may burn the leaves, and very low light could stunt growth and prevent flowering.
Anthuriums do well to always have a slight level of dampness, but not constantly soggy.
Anthuriums thrive in a humid environment. If you live in a more naturally humid area like we do, here in Central Florida, outside may be a good spot to keep them. Airflow is essential to prevent water build-up on the leaves, which can lead to fungus.
Anthuriums are found throughout Central and South America. As of today there are
18 sectional groupings of anthuriums, with each section presenting similar defining traits. We most often offer anthuriums from the cardiolonchium and branchiolonchium sections. Interestingly- these two groups have been successful in crossing and we have two sectional crosses we are eager to grow out.