Rhodophiala: A Nederland Challege!

David Maxwell opbungalow@gmail.com
Wed, 30 May 2012 07:51:42 PDT
Aad...I was being a little overly dramatic when I said that
naturalizing Rhodophiala in Northern California wasn't easy...'cuz
Sacramento is actually Amarylid country; the seasonal temperatures &
rainfall make it pretty ideal for all of 'em.

Belladonnas grow here...literally...like weeds.  In August/September
you see them blooming in vacant lots...along the side of
roads...people don't seem to pay them much mind.

But in the Netherlands...I think you're in for a challenge!

With my first plantings (R.splendens, R.advena, R.phycelloides) I
planted the seeds in small pots in groups of 3 or 4...like I do with
my Hippeastrum...thinking I would repot them in larger pots when the
time came.

But I learned that this just increased the probability of root damage
& loss...so when I bought the R.montana, R.bakerii, etc. seeds, I
planted them all (25 or so) in a larger (12" diam.), deep pot...and
that's where they've stayed.

I experimented with sun exposure by moving all the Rhodophiala pots
around my yard and found that while all the others could take
full...baking...sun, the R.montana did best in full morning
sun...dappled mid-afternoon sun...and full late-afternoon shade and
cooler temperatures.

And it bloomed in only 2 years!

With the others...prepare yourself for a wait...'cuz they all have a
relatively short growth cycles...so it takes YEARS for the bulb to
grow large enough to bloom.

I did a R.bifida (North American variety) bulb swap with a PBS Member
in North-Central Texas...and kept them in pots the first couple
years...and they struggled.  They didn't die, but they also didn't
really grow or bloom.

Then...in disgust...I planted them directly in the ground in my
'Amarylid Mound'...and they almost immediately bloomed & grew &
off-set.  They were happy...at last!

How can anything as brainless as a bulb know whether it's in a pot...or not?

But they do!

So that's what I'm basing my decision to plant all the other species
of Rhodophiala directly in the ground.

It's a potentially sacrificial test...and time will tell which ones will pass.

I'll keep y'posted.

But perseverere with your own endeavers!

I think a lot of it depends on your attitude towards gambling...since
unless you have the consultation & advice of someone in your climate
zone who has already had success...so much seems to be trial &
error...and luck.

So it's a good thing seeds are relatively cheap!

Who was it in here that said that they considered a plant "hardy" 'til
they killed it 3 times?

That's the spirit!


When I Bought also rhodophiala seeds a month ago from chileflora.
Hopefully I don't have to wait for 4 years to see some flowers

Already 3 of them R. ananuca, R. phycelloides and R. montana are
sprouting. They will always be potted. Don't think they will survive
in the ground in the winter. If the frost won't kill them the wet
winters in Holland will do it. At least I never succeeded to
overwinter a Amaryllis belladonna outdoors, not even when planted 20cm

> And just 2 months shy of the 4 year mark!
> ~david (Sacramento, CA)

Aad van Beek

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