Crossing Hippeastrelia

Adam Fikso
Wed, 03 Jan 2007 08:34:43 PST
I have seedlings from (Hippeastrum x johnsonii  x Sprekelia formossissima) x 
self both 1 year and 2 year babies in pots that are from  crosses I made. 
The H. x johnsonii appears to be the real thing as it is somewhat more 
gracile than some of what I take to be later confusions with the original or 
latter-day similarly colored  Hippeastrums that have broader tepals.  It was 
about 18" , with 4 flowers (bought on eBay) from a lady in the South who 
said that she had had it her garden for many years. One crop is a self from 
a Hippeastrelia labelled 'Durga Pradhan', the other was my  repeat of the 
cross, and not properly designated as DP.  Don't know if johnsonii is 
triploid. I suspect that it is not.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "J.E. Shields" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Wednesday, January 03, 2007 9:21 AM
Subject: Re: [pbs] Crossing Hippeastrelia

> Hi all,
> Is Hippeastrum x-johnsonii a triploid?  Is it ever fertile?
> We used its pollen a year ago and set pods on a couple of plants, 
> including
> H. evansiae and a big commercial hybrid.  Putting pollen on johnsonii
> itself gave us no seeds.

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