We never get anything cool like that where I live, ever! It's aggravating when it seems like everywhere else gets shipments of interesting things from time to time and nothing ever shows up here. Lucky for me I was nowhere near home, in an A&P supermarket. Yay, a variegated mini Phal! It was the only one in what looked like a brand new shipment. This A&P also had Venus Fly Traps and Jade (Crassula ovata) plants too, very strange. What a wacky supermarket, and I've been in a ton of these, they're all over up here. (fun fact = my 1st job that wasn't "paid under the table" was as a floral designer in an A&P, they usually have cut flowers and someone to arrange them for you, a few potted plants seasonally, but that's about it.)
It was already in bloom when I got it. I'm not thrilled about the flowers, but I bought it for the leaves, really. I have to re-pot it, but I'm all out of the supplies I need so it'll have to deal.
It's currently jam packed into some algae covered long fibered sphagnum moss inside a plastic pot. I already squeezed that mess out of the larger ceramic pot with no drainage hole in the bottom when I took these pictures. It's no wonder people usually kill these and then throw them out. Not that there's anything wrong with growing in moss, but there's a specific way to water them when growing that way, and that's never on the instructions. I'm convinced being jammed into an ugly, hole-less, ceramic pot isn't done for the plant to look good and sell, but to kill it so people buy new ones when they stop blooming. The moss is usually left over from the plug it was growing in as a seedling back in Taiwan.
Not this one though, I'll pot it like I do the rest of my Phals; long fibered sphagnum moss, coco husk chips, and small grade Hydroton. Hopefully it'll live on and re-bloom next year, but until then I'm more than happy just enjoying the leaves.
|The only flower in decent enough shape to take a picture of|
Bonus Photo: Dtps. Kenneth Schubert today, still looking good.
|Dtps. Kenneth Schubert|