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Shoreguy 07-30-2021 12:54 PM

Ever Wonder Why Neof. Himiko Photos Omit Flowers?
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Neofinetia Himiko is admired for its foliage and is included in one of the gold boxes in the Meikan.

If the flowers on my Neof. Himiko are typical of the cultivar, I think I know the answer to the question posed in the title of this post.

Shadeflower 07-30-2021 04:10 PM

the definition of omit is "leave out or exclude" so the question why do Neo's leave out flowers has to be a trick question as we have a flowering example right there unless I am misunderstanding this post entirely and we should just admire whatever cross this is - it sounds expensive so it probably is. Still just looks like a regular Neo to me but they are nice. Congrats on getting it to flower.

Shoreguy 07-30-2021 04:58 PM

I used the word “omit” because it only has 4 letters, enabling me to express what I thought was what I intended.

If the space provided was larger, I would have written “Why do Photos of Neof. Himiko Only Show It When Unflowered”.

If it is still unclear as to my intent, the answer to the question is that its flowers are not as appealing as most flowers of neos including the “standard” appearance shared by most.

Expensive is a relative term so I won't comment on whether it is expensive.

DirtyCoconuts 07-30-2021 05:05 PM

is it because the flowers are sort of smushed? do they have the nice neo smell?

i like it either way and am glad you got it to bloom, usually means a happy plant

Shoreguy 07-30-2021 05:10 PM

Good description of flowers, at least on mine.
You have provided the answer intended.

Haven't checked yet on fragrance.

Shadeflower 07-30-2021 05:12 PM

ah right I see what you mean now, that wasn't very clear that people only like to show nonflowering pictures.

In their defence it is probably in that state 50 weeks of the year :P

Jeff214 07-30-2021 10:54 PM

It's amusing that it's called 'Himiko' 卑弥呼, the queen of an ancient king(queen?)dom in Japan. Historical texts note that she was never seen after her enthronement. An inadvertent nod to an otherwise beautiful plant. I like the fullness and curvature of the leaves.

Shoreguy 08-17-2021 07:45 PM

“Usually” a Key Word
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Originally Posted by DirtyCoconuts (Post 963919)

i like it either way and am glad you got it to bloom, usually means a happy plant

In April 2019 I submitted a thread “Neofinetia Kibana” showing the color development of the blooms. I never followed up on the quick death of the growth that produced the flowers.

Upon repotting I found the growth had no roots.

Evidentially in its desperate attempt to continue the line, it formed the display. It’s really pathetic but its picture here (and the original thread) in a sense makes it immortal.

The other growths are doing fine but have a long way to go to reach blooming size.

DirtyCoconuts 08-17-2021 08:24 PM

I learned a while ago to hedge and never speak in absolutes, especially about plant behavior.

In general, I know less than a grain of sand on the beach in the universe of information….as long as I remember that, the advice is always tempered

I have seen a death spike twice and it is a true Ly amazing thing the plants do to keep the line alive. It is curious why they couldn’t use that energy to, say, grow new roots, and live, but the prime mover has taught them well.

Shoreguy 08-17-2021 08:28 PM

Don't be so humble.

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