About breeding hippeastrum

Cynthia Mueller c-mueller@tamu.edu
Fri, 11 Nov 2005 06:45:29 PST
Jim Lycos recently commented about his work at breeding dark red (black)
hippeastrums.  I selfed a home-bred specimen that bloomed last year with
a purplish look to the flowers.  This impression was created because
there were a number of "dots" of another color superimposed on the usual
red.  If I had a Royal Horticultural Society color wheel, I could say
what color it resembled - but I don't.  It may take two more years
before we find out if it's possible to lean toward a more purple flower
in my strain.

The majority of plants in this strain now have white or pink
backgrounds, with combinations of red edging and red "dust" or dots. 
Some are a darker red with dots of another color, and white streaks
-Cynthia Mueller, College Station, TX.

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