Here is a seedling of mine that bloomed for the first time this spring. This is a 'La Paz' x 'Liberty' cross. I have several from this cross, but only two have bloomed so far (the first to bloom was nearly identical to this one, the only significant difference I noted was a consistently shorter pedicel (1" or less in length) with a slightly smaller center "star").
(edited to add: This one's pedicels are about consistenly about 3" long)
The red is an average red, but a nice bright red, not orangey. The petals are slightly ruffled, and the flower is about 4" across. The leaves are medium to slightly darker than medium green and are about or just under 1 1/2" across at the widest point. The longest are around 18" to 19", with a purplish cast to the underside of the base.
This particular one has bloomed again. How unusual is it for hippeastrums to re-bloom? The only other one I've had do that has been my 'Mr. Hughes', and it consistently blooms in the spring and then again about mid-summer.
This is one of the recent flowers - it's a day or two old (and the day after a rain storm). Four flowers per umbel.
Mr. Hughes is a cross that was never named. It was traded to me years ago as such so I let the name stick. I in turn gave one to Carter. If Carter has not posted photos by tonight when I get home I will post one of Mr. Hughes for you to see.
As far as I am concerned,the name is Mr Hughes. Someone grew it and named it,so that is its name. The fact that it has been distributed to friends, under that name and that there are photos, which Identify it,makes it much less likely that someone will introduce it commercialy, under another name. Even if it were patented, there are those who will steal, by reproducing it. The first three years of an introduction, are the profit years. After that people are selling it illegaly,at reduced price,because they spent no money developing it.
It is very pretty. It is softly, delicately, babyfaced pretty.
I have exactly one experience attempting to breed amaryllis, and it was 'Charisma' with a green hybrid whose name I've long since forgotten. It took a lot of patience and time to see the first blooms some two plus years later, and I lost a lot of seedlings in the interim.
I just did my cross because I had the time and greenhouse space for a few hundred seedlings, not knowing what to expect. I somehow hoped that I would get a green background with red markings, but that was more of a pipe dream than anything. The plant that I selected out of the cross was a lovely salmon colour, and very vigorous.
Do you do a lot of Amaryllis breeding? Is there any sort of resource that details genetics and inheritance in Amaryllis that you could pass on?