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  Anthurium superbum
From: Dyeingduk at aol.com on 2000.11.16 at 04:41:13(5684)
I have a plant of this that pu tout for the first ime what seems like fertile
fruit. It has done this before but the inflorescence(using orchid terms) died
before fruit was produced. I planted much f the berries but after a month
nothing has happened. I was windering if there is something i would not know
about getting them to germinate. Thanks for any help.
Paul Marcellini

From: plantnut at macconnect.com (plantnut) on 2000.11.16 at 15:20:42(5685)
You did not say how old your Anthurium is but.... If it is a juvinal, they
will often produce an inflorescence to get the polled spread around...
sort of spreading the genes type thing... but, as in a lot of other
species, they do not produce fruit till the plant is a bit more mature...
Young plants will produce large quantities of pollen... but only a mature
plant in good condition will really produce good viable seed.... You did
nothing wrong....

Congratulations on being Speaker at the meeting at FTG later this month...
I will try to make it.

From: Betsytrips at aol.com on 2000.11.16 at 21:46:40(5686)
Be patient ...... you may be amazed months from now when little sprouts
appear and you may be disappointed when nothing happens. If the seeds are
still viable, not squish, just hang and keep them in a warm place, not hot
and watch. Having done thousands of seeds, some come quickly and others take
forever. A lot has to do with the season and who knows what else. Denis
Rotelante has done many of this plant so maybe he will put in his two cents
with specific information to this very plant.


From: Denis denis at skg.com> on 2000.11.16 at 22:02:42(5687)
Dear Paul;

Anthurium Superbum can produce fertile seed if hand pollinated or
pollinated by insects. It can also out-cross easily to other
Pachyneurium Section species of Anthurium, that's something you probably
don't want. The infructescense will produce purple berries which will
pop out on the spadix when ripe. Usually the first to pop are the ones
containing fertile seed and then later the ones that contain chaff and
not seed. some of the latter never pop out. You should remove the pulp
from the seed by squeezing the berries one by one, wiping off the sticky
pulp with a damp paper towel and planting into a tray or community pot
immediately. Keep in Humid environment. They should germinate within a
week or two. Seeds are small and seedlings grow slowly for first year.
Good luck.

Denis at Silver Krome Gardens
Homestead Florida

From: Dyeingduk at aol.com on 2000.11.17 at 04:06:46(5688)
The infructescense will produce purple berries which will
pop out on the spadix when ripe. Usually the first to pop are the ones
containing fertile seed and then later the ones that contain chaff and
not seed

From: "Enid" <enigo at bellsouth.net> on 2007.06.19 at 21:25:21(15801)
Hi all,
If anyone has some A. superbum or knows where I can get rather large
quantites, please email me off list at nsexotics@bellsouth.net
Thanks again,

From: "Windy Aubrey" <exotics at hawaii.rr.com> on 2007.06.20 at 20:10:39(15803)
Enid, Here's mine! Still small, but growing
From: George Yao <gcyao at mydestiny.net> on 2007.06.22 at 07:18:31(15812)

Just curious. Are those from seed or tissue-culture?

George Yao

From: "Michael Pascall" <mickpascall at hotmail.com> on 2007.06.22 at 09:41:02(15814)
This is one of the species that is hard to get seed set on .
Michael Pascall,


From: ted.held at us.henkel.com on 2007.06.22 at 15:48:58(15816)
I seem to keep reading this name wrong
- or maybe not. It's superb-um, right? Not super-bum? For some reason it
always registers first as super-bum with me.


From: "Denis Rotolante" <denis at skg.com> on 2007.06.22 at 20:40:05(15818)
Collectors in the Far East are going nuts over the unusual birdsnest
anthuriums. There at a stage now where Miami was back in the 1970's and
1980's with collecting the unusual Anthurium species. I can't tell you
how many people from Thailand and Indonesia have E-mailed us looking for
seedlings or seeds of A. superbum.


From: "Windy Aubrey" <exotics at hawaii.rr.com> on 2007.06.22 at 20:54:58(15820)
Hi George,

How are you doing.
All my seedlings are seed grown, with seed from my plants.
I don't do tissue culture.

Aloha, Windy

From: "Windy Aubrey" <exotics at hawaii.rr.com> on 2007.06.22 at 20:58:03(15821)
Hi Ted,

It's only Super bum when they don't grow, otherwise
it's Superb-um, because it is so superb.


From: George Yao <gcyao at mydestiny.net> on 2007.06.23 at 12:37:27(15827)

I'm fine, thank you. :-) And, it looks like you are able to do what
others find hard!

The reason I was curious was because recently I had a discussion with
a friend about his A. superbum. ( That should be A. super-bum, Ted.
Never saw the difference before. Haha...) We were looking at his
super-bum which had a bloom laden with pollen, so I told him to save
the pollen to pollinate the next bloom. He told me he had never seen
a receptive one before, as in no glistening droplets of liquid on the
spadix. We discussed the possible reasons, but not being experts,
came to no conclusion.

Maybe you, Windy, and other experts can enlighten us?


From: "Windy Aubrey" <exotics at hawaii.rr.com> on 2007.06.23 at 20:18:52(15839)

I went through my past images of our
Superbum to see if I had any with the spadix showing it in a receptive
'mood'. Unfortunately, I came up empty, but I am including
some images of the spadix in different stages and thought maybe this would
be of interest to some of the Aroiders. Superbum goes through
the best color changes as it become fertile and produces seed. Note the
white seed capsules. When ripe they change again, to a slight pink

I am as far from an expert as you can get, just
someone who gets 'lucky' every so often and enjoys growing Anthurium


From: George Yao <gcyao at mydestiny.net> on 2007.06.24 at 14:09:53(15850)
Thank you very much for the photos. I will see my friend soon and these
will give us something to talk about.
From: "Denis Rotolante" <denis at skg.com> on 2007.06.25 at 14:00:48(15854)
It's my experience that A. superbum is extremely discreet about its
sexual phases, I could never see the pollen or fluid either. We used to
depend on the insects to pollinate our plants as we assumed they could
tell by smell when the inflorescences were fertile. In more recent days
I have actually gone out to the plants and run my fingers up and down
the spadices of the various phases hoping the this process would
transfersome the invisible pollen to the not so apparent stigmatic fluid
of the flowers in the receptive mood. Even though this method sounds
unscientific and really rather dorky, it works if you have time to go
out and run your fingers over them on a regular basis. At least the
insects have a good reason to be there.


From: George Yao <gcyao at mydestiny.net> on 2007.06.26 at 15:32:48(15872)

The one I saw clearly was showing a lot of pollen. I should have
brought my camera. Next time it blooms, I will do that and post it.
And I will tell my friend to be more dorky. :-D


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