The Pollination of
Anthurium NOID "Lux"

1) My Anthurium "Lux" is one I imported from Indonesia. The seller sells many unknown hybrid anthuriums. The lack of parentage never dissauded me from purchasing him. I bought quite a few that will likely never have a true identification.  

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The picture that sparked my interest

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November 25th, 2019

The day Lux arrived (the emerging leaf did not make it)

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January 5th, 2020

No new growth yet

2) On June 9th, 2020 I noticed an inflorescence forming on Lux. At this point he has had three new leaves and has been popping them out one after another. 

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June 25th, 2020

3) I always knew I wanted Lux to have seedlings. Since I did not know his parentage I was hoping to save pollen in order to pollinate him later. I did not want to waste his pollen on an anthurium he was not compatible with. I know nothing of the Anthurium group he belongs to or whether he belongs to Central or South America.

One thing I know for sure is that he as aged beautifully. I definitely want more of this. He has a sheen to his leaves but it is not velvet. It is hard to describe exactly how it feels like. The petioles are a gorgeous cherry red color, which is reminiscent of ace of spades and my Crystallinum x Subsignatum hybrid (A. x Bullatum). The spathe also has tones of cherry throughout it. Though the spadix is a typically light green color. I suspect Lux is a hybrid of the group Cardiolonchium and Semaeophyllium.

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4) To my surprise Lux still continued to grow a new leaf while the inflorescence was still forming. Even more surprising on July 7th, 2020 I noticed a second inflorescence! I am so happy that I will be able to pollinate Lux with himself. 

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5) I collected pollen staring July 19th and on August 11th I applied it to the second inflorescence. On September 4th I notice definite changes. The color is beginning to turn more green at the bottom.

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6) On September 4th I knew I had to repot Lux and that I had waited too long. At this point he is loosing a lot of leaves due to water holding in them too long. I realize afterwards that the soil was not the problem. The issue was that there was a plastic liner in his cache pot that trapped water at the bottom. His roots were constantly sitting in a small pool of water, which Anthuriums never like to do. Even so the repot commenced as he had clearly outgrew his net pot. I was immensely worried the shock would cause the inflorescence to fail. I had repotted Stormy not too long ago and his inflorescence still progressed so I took the risk. I cut off his third inflorescence so that more energy could be directed his the one I wanted to fruit.

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7) On September 6th I checked on the inflorescence and it has continued to progress. Even more so I notice bumps sticking out. I am hopeful this means that we are pregnant!

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