Can anyone tell me what size pots you use to tansplant your seedlings into? Mine from January of 2008 are about the size of pearl onions now and I have been transplanting them today...most into 4 inch pots...because that is what I had...but if they need something larger in order to mature correctly, I would like to know.
OK!!! Finally we get another thread for this! Sorry to just come back now. I had to pay bills! LOL!!!
Now where did I stop? Ohhhh...the hippies in the garage.
What's next is H.johnsonii (?) which I bought off Ebay last year. I wanted to try to plant it in my garden to see how hardy it is. Hahaha...I chickened out and stored it in the garage! It just woke up and bloomed...warm temp. lover I guess.
I have had so many Picotees and they would just bloom once after planting the newly purchased bulb, and then go downhill. This Picotee came back with 2 scapes on the mother bulb, and the attached bulblet also gave out a scape.
It is so much like H. evanseia (forgive my spelling). Only Moonshine has 4 flowers per scape. My H. evanseia gave out only 2 flowers per scape. Does anybody know if it can give out more flowers per scape?
JT..."All of those are beautiful but SAR is special"
Yes, they all are beautiful. With all of these pictures and documentation I have been making, I have learned to appreciate every single variety's beauty. It's flower color(s), it's petals, the dots, the stripes, the veins, the eye, it's leaves, it's bulb(s)...
Maria, I'd love to know HOW you grow all of these. Last year I had my hippies out in pots all summer and lost a bunch to rain. This year they are all inside with lots of leaves but I wonder if they want to be outside. Only about half bloomed last winter/spring that I'm paranoid about the rain and rain and rain. What do you do? I really love you plants (especially the ones I haven't seen) but I won't get any more bulbs unless I become a great mommy.
How i take care of my Hippies??? With a very watchful eye, very porous potting soil (almost 50% sand or grit) and the good old $1 plastic drop cloth!!!
I have some pictures on on one of my files that I can put together and start a new thread about this. Believe me, I killed a LOT of Hippies too. Like 2 seasons ago, I almost lost my whole collection to Stagnospora. With the help of some friends in South Africa and Holland, I was able to save them. And that did not discouraged me. I took it as a challenge and LEARNED from it. Mother Nature can be harsh sometimes. The thing is to be PREPARED and KNOW what's happening and what to do when these unexpected things come.
It is hard to grow Hippies in the North as we have to keep them potted. It is very hard for me to grow Hippies here as I live by the foothills of the mountains where our humidity is in the 70-80% and the fungus pollen rate is very high. Huge trees die out here because of fungus attack or simply getting covered by moss or algea.
Give me some time to put everything together and I'll start a post on "My fight against Stagnospora". Promise!!!! Let me pay my bills first and take care of all these incoming school expenses! LOL!!!
This is what I can share today that has recently bloomed.
Double Ribbon, a Japanese double, the ONLY Japanese double that I got to afford. LOL. The price of their doubles are like twice the price of the singles. Expensive!!!!
This is Estrella. Estrella is like Gilmar. They are both South American hybrids. This Estrella put out a scape several months ago and then rested for a 2-3 months with this second scape just peaking out from it's bulb. Finally it decided to grow. If I understand it right, Estrella and Gilmar are both grown in Brazil and not Holland.
Pink Floyd is in bloom in my garden. This bulb was purchased in Nov of 2007, and didn't came out of dormancy that winter. Instead of discarding it, I planted the bulb out in my garden in the spring of 08, and forgot about it. Today, after a 2 year dormancy, I discovered a single scape with 2 blooms. I was so amazed to find it in bloom, that I had to take a photo.
Nice pictures..I am curious about planting Amaryllis in the ground in Georgia, Zone 7, I know they CAN be planted in ground and do well here, my question though is this...are certain ones more climate tolerant than others, and how deep do you plant them in the garden in zone 7b?
I only have the old variety planted in the ground here. The rest are in pots. I've lost some due to overwatering... I read that some people leave them in pots and dig them into the dirt for the summer, then take them out and put in warm place for winter. I know they need some resting time to bloom properly. My mom in Florida just cuts off the water to them in late fall to make them rest. And hers are mostly in the ground. Hope this helps.
Thanks for brightening my gloomy Oct 1! Maria, you have a wonderful collection. I ordered Germa after seeing you photo. gone2seed, how large is your Stylosum bulb? The ones I received in the mail yesterday are only about an inch in diameter. Do you remember how large yours was when it first bloomed?
My stylosums were about an inch or just a little larger when I received them.They did bloom at that size.They have not grown much since I think it is just a naturally small bulb.I would guess they are about an inch and a half now.
Thanks! That makes me feel better about my little bulbs. I'm not good at waiting. I really admire all you that start them from seeds. I think my first to bloom for the season will be Blushing Bride. It has 2 stems starting.
Thank you!!! There's so much catching up to be done here but my hippies are getting ready for their winter rest. Preparing them for their winter rest involves spraying of fungicides and insecticides/miticide so as pests won't overwinter with the bulbs. I usually put them to rest by November. But with the looks of our early cold temps., they might be going to sleep earlier too! We have had temp dips (40sF) but they seemed to not mind it as long as they are dry. Most of them are still outside and enjoying the occasional 70F days. No more fertilizing at this point and only water to keep roots moist. Just so that those new/young leaves (if there are any) get to mature before being cut off for cool storage.
Northern gardeners: Beware of the cold rains. Stagnospora LOVES them!!!!
Every Xmas, for many years, I sent my uncle an Amaryllis from Jackson and Perkins. On August 30th, my uncle died, and I went to clean out his house. On his kitchen counter, I found 6 dried up, very sad looking Amaryllis, that probably hadn't been watered since my uncle had gone into a nursing home in May. I pulled the bulbs out of their pots, threw them in a paper bag, and brought them home to plant in my Amaryllis bed. I figured that they stood a 50% chance of surviving. This morning, I discovered that one of the bulbs had sent up an out of season scape with 2 blooms. You've heard of Pennies from Heaven, well this is my Amaryllis from Heaven. I believe that my uncle is telling me that he is in a good place.
A new "import" that I will be working on. It's color cannot be matched with any of the colors in the Royal Horticulture Society's color chart. This is the very first time I saw this color in a hippeastrum flower. I don't even know how to describe it except that it is very beautiful.