question about Cyrtanthus hybrids BX 346

Roy Herold via pbs pbs@lists.ibiblio.org
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:05:26 PDT
Hi Hans,

I wish I did have more information, but don't.

I acquired both of these cyrtanthus around 1990, back when Logee's was 
decidedly old fashioned and the internet hadn't been invented.

At that time, a friend saw #17 in bloom at Logee's, and just had to have 
it. It was *not* for sale, but he managed to beg a bulb from the 
notoriously stingy owner for a mere $30. He later shared it with me, and 
I'm grateful to have the BX as a vehicle for sharing it with others.

A year later, I visited Logee's in January, and marveled over their 
'pit' greenhouse where the cool growing plants were thriving, with 
dozens of snowdrops in the gravel bed. #18 was then blooming, and I 
coveted it immediately. It, too, was *not* for sale but managed to find 
a way home. It turned out to be a shy bloomer, and only did so after 
filling the pot. Again, I've been happy to share it with the BX.

I do know that Logee's was buying in a lot of unusual plants from 
England around that time, and that was probably the source of the 
cyrtanthus hybrids. I have no idea about the parents aside what I can 
guess from various online pictures. #18 certainly looks like some of 
Bill Dijk's C. eucallus hybrids, but it also looks like Lee Poulsen's C. 
elatus hybrid. Your guess is as good as mine.

Enjoy,

--Roy
NW of Boston, waiting for the supermoon to come out from behind the clouds.


On 9/8/2014 7:56 AM, Hans Huizing wrote:

> Roy do you have more information on these two Hybrids?
> Could nr. 17 be a C. eucallus Hybrid?
>
> nr 17 is flowering just now with a beautiful, as you say, soft and
> delicate orange.
> Looks a lot like the last picture of Cyrtanthus eucallus hybrids on the
> PBS wiki.
>
>
> 17. Cyrtanthus hybrid #1 ex Logee's. Big, soft orange trumpets. Evergreen.
>
> 18. Cyrtanthus hybrid #2 ex Logee's. Smaller medium orange trumpets
> fading to pink. Evergreen.





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