Early results from cross-breeding Les Hannibal's Amaryllis

Paul Trownson DrPaulBear@xtra.co.nz
Sun, 12 Sep 2010 23:59:56 PDT
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From: "Michael Mace" <mikemace@att.net>
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Subject: [pbs] Early results from cross-breeding Les Hannibal's Amaryllis

> I'm finally getting flowers from some crosses I made of Amaryllis hybrids
> from Les Hannibal.  The results are puzzling, and I'd love to get
> suggestions or words of wisdom from the Amaryllis and plant breeding 
> experts
> on the list.
> Quick background for people who joined the list recently:  About 10 years
> ago, the late Les Hannibal permitted a number of us to dig Amaryllis bulbs
> from his backyard.  These were the extras from decades of breeding he had
> done -- he threw surplus seeds down the hill and let them grow anywhere. 
> I
> ended up with about 50 bulbs, a mix of whites, light pinks, dark pinks, 
> etc.
> You can see pictures of some of them here:
> http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/… (you'll need
> to scroll down a bit)
> I am not a professional plant breeder, but I wanted to see if I could make
> some improved forms from the bulbs Mr. Hannibal gave me: match the 
> superior
> size of one plant with the color of another, stuff like that.  So I 
> started
> making crosses.  Now 10 years later, the first of those crosses are 
> finally
> blooming
> Mike
> San Jose, CA
> Here are my Amaryllis after  fifteen  years  of  tight selection
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