Sunday, January 9, 2011

Marie blooms!

I was quite impressed with this bloom of S 'Dark Marie'. I found earlier in the fall, that the stems were looking to start to rot off at the soil line. So I potted it up on Hydroton to see what effect it would have. I was pleased to see buds the last few weeks, and today they opened.

The 2 or 3 plants on the left are Hippeastrum reticulatum var. striatifolium, which is a species of Amaryllis. All known Amaryllis that we normally get are actually in the genus Hippeastrum. There is only one Amaryllis, A belladonna which hails from South America. Hippeastrum are all from Africa and bloom with the onset of the winter rains. Notice the rear pot is also on Hydroton, and it appears to be growing successfully.

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