Color from artificial lights...
This is a NOID I bought this year in March. Optimara, I believe. I loved the dark red color and the the multitude of blooms it had in the store. I bought another three with this one, and this was the only one to survive my first attempt at AV-s. I am not sure which of the two plants in the photo it is - both had the same color, except one had slightly more frilled edges than the other. The other one died a while ago. The photo with the two plants is from back in March.
My frustration with this sturdy little plant is that I never managed to bring it back with the abundance of blooms I bought it with. It bloomed back again over the summer, but it only produced 3-4 blooms.
It is a very slow grower...and now a third set of blooms is coming...but again, very few and very slow to grow and open. Here is a pic with the plant now.
When the first one of this small set of buds opened up the other day, I was amazed to see how the bloom color changed compared to how it was when I bought it and also how it bloomed over the summer.
This time the color is almost neon-like! Just gorgeous!!
What I did different this time is that I placed it under a grow light from Walmart (the famous 11$ cheapy).
I absolutely love the way it came out, the color is much more beautiful than in the past.
But now the question is: how do I get this little plant with such a gorgeous color to produce LOTS of blooms?
I know it is genetically capable of doing it because it had lots of blooms when I first bought it. After that though, it never did bloom profusely again...and over the past couple of months I have done everything by the book. The soil mix is good (but it may still not be ideal; it will be on the next re-potting)...it also had humidity trays, fertilizer...everything. But still a lazy bloomer and very slow grower.
I managed to make the color much prettier, but I still can't get the number of blooms I want. Any ideas how I could further coax this little plant to produce lots of these vibrantly colored blooms?