Neofinetia falcata Shutennou (“Red Emperor”) is the most popular pink-blooming variety of fukiran. Flowers are characterized by a dark pink peduncle and nectary spur with a pink blush on the flowers. Leaves are typically standard size, but I have seen some with very small leaves and some with enormous leaves. Some of the difference is due to differences in culture. The biggest leaves I have seen were on a plant grown BESIDE a north-facing window! The plant still bloomed faithfully every year. Another observation I have made is that Shutennou reaches blooming size at four leaves rather than six for reasons unknown to me, so a blooming plant can be quite small.
As with many of the colored flower varieties, Shutennou is hard to divide. Roots tend to develop well on the mother growth and the babies are slow to develop their own roots. I will do my best to provide single growths if you request them, but don’t be surprised if you have to go up to a two growth plant or larger. It’s all about protecting the viability of the plant. On a happier note, the price per growth has dropped!
For detailed instructions on care, please read my Neo Care Sheet.