Hippeastrum parodii 'Germa'

dkramb dkramb@badbear.com
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:02:37 PDT
I was completely bummed to lose my prized Hippeastrum 'Germa' this past 
winter.  The exceptionally bitter cold took it away along with many of 
my potted geophytes.  Luckily I had a pup from the mother plant growing 
on my living-room windowsill.

The pup slowly lost its leaves & went dormant early this year.  I 
anxiously waited for signs of new growth.  Nothing.  Month after month, 
nothing.  Finally tonight I started poking around in the pot with my 
finger, and my heart sank when I crushed what was left of the bulb.

Or so I thought.  It turns out it was just the neck of the bulb.  Down 
deeper was a firm, happy, healthy, golfball sized Hippeastrum putting 
out new roots.  YAY!!!  I couldn't believe how deep the bulb positioned 
itself.  I potted it up in a larger pot with fresh potting mix, and now 
I can patiently wait for it to break dormancy on its own schedule.

I'm stoked that 'Germa' is still in my collection.  :-)

Dennis in Cincinnati

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