Which Amaryllids Are Self Fertile?

Ken kjblack@pacbell.net
Mon, 16 Aug 2010 14:09:54 PDT
Howdy Josh,
Richard Doubt ('Cape Bulbs', 1995) indicates Boophane (Boophone) disticha is not self fertile.  I don't absolutely know, but my attempts to do so seem to confirm so, as I have been unable to self them.  When my first Brunsvigia josephinae bloomed solely, it only set a few seeds when I tried to self, but produced many more seeds under cross pollination with/when some of its siblings also bloomed a few years later.  Ditto for B.litoralis ... but it produced many seeds when brushed w/B.josephinae pollen.   It seems I have had no problem selfing A.belladonna and X A.belladonnas.  My Cyrtanthus falcatus produced few seeds when I attempted to self or use pollen from flowers of offsetting (cloned) bulbs.  When I applied C.herri pollen this spring, I got a bonanza of seed.  However, my hybrid C.montanus X elatus seemed to produce a lot of seed when I selfed it.  That's about the extent of my limited experience. 
Certainly, some of the more experienced Amaryllid growers may have more information.
San Diego

--- On Mon, 8/16/10, Josh Young <joshy46013@yahoo.com> wrote:

    I was just curious as to which Amaryllid Species are self fertile?  How does 
this technically work?  Are they fertilized from pollen from another flower from 
the same plant or are they just "automatically" made to create seed?  This may 
sound stupid but if a clone is pollen swapped with another clone will it take if 
the plant is self sterile?  

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