Paramongaia first flowering & Hipp. aulicum images

Lee Poulsen wlp@Radar-Sci.Jpl.Nasa.Gov
Tue, 13 Jan 2004 10:46:25 PST
I am very pleased. A couple of my bulbs have gotten pretty large and 
have produced a number of offsets, but never flowered before now. I 
think most of this recent success is due to all the excellent 
information you guys out there have been writing with respect to plant 
feeding, soil mixtures, and care during dormancy--mostly after being 
provoked into writing by TOWs. I think I'm *finally* getting many of my 
plants into good soil mixtures with good feeding and proper water and 
dormancy treatment. And they're noticeably responding better. Maybe one 
of these years I'll even get the kind of growth and flowering that Bill 
Dijk seems to get with everything he grows.

BTW, I saved some pollen from this Paramongaia so I can fertilize the 
one whose bud is just now climbing up on the other plant. Do I put the 
pollen in the refrigerator or the freezer?

Climate info:
We have definitely been Zone 10 the last 5 or 6 years around my area. 
You can't see them in my photos, but I grow a number of tomato plants 
every year and I keep my pots around them, so they are my indicator 
plants. Last winter the plants closest to the garage wall were ripening 
fruit all the way into February. Some time in January most of the 
tomato plants died one night, so I assume it got down to 32° F [O° C] 
for a few hours, but there was no wind. So far this year, none of the 
tomato plants have died, although a couple of weeks ago it dropped down 
into the upper 30s F [2-4° C] for a few nights. I keep *all* my 
winter-growers out in the open exposed to the rain and cold and sun all 
winter. (I don't have any other place to keep them.) So far, in the 
past 6-7 years I haven't lost any of them to cold nor seen any kind of 
freeze damage, even when the tomato plants have turned to mush. Since 
I've been down here (12 years) the coldest temperature I've seen is 29° 
F [-2° C]. The average rainfall in this area is about 17-18 inches 
[43-46 cm], (only 15 inches [38 cm] in downtown Los Angeles--126 year 
average). But some years (El Niño years) we've gotten double that 
amount. It tends to come down in 1-2 day storms with 1-3 inches 
[2.5-7.5 cm] of rain followed by several days of sunshine, mostly in 
January and February, but starting off in October or November and 
tapering off by April and sometimes a little in May.

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena area, California, USDA Zone 9-10

On Jan 13, 2004, at 4:39 AM, Cynthia Mueller wrote:

> Lee:  Wow!  What a success!  You must be really pleased with your
> Paramongaia.  Can you tell us again whether  much rain falls on the
> containerized plant during the winter?  And how cold is its coldest
> exposure outside?
> Cynthia W. Mueller
>>>> 01/13/04 01:16AM >>>
> I can't believe it but two of my Paramongaia weberbauriis are
> flowering. One is open and the other is sending up a bud. The flower is
> fantastic! My Hippeastrum aulicum also flowered for the first time.
> --Lee Poulsen
> Pasadena area, California, USDA Zone 9-10
> Paramongaia weberbaurii. This is an amazing flower with a very pleasant
> scent. First flowering for me. These grow outside all winter for me.
> Photos taken January 2004 by Lee Poulsen. The first image is of the bid
> before it opened. The citrus in the second image is to get a sense of
> the size of the flower (it's a mandarin orange my neighbor just picked
> off his tree).
> Hippeastrum aulicum. This is the first time mine has bloomed for me.
> It's kind of nice getting such a pretty Hippeastrum bloom naturally
> outdoors in the middle of winter. Photos taken January 2004 by Lee
> Poulsen.
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