Pink Rhodophiala bifida bloom time

patty allen
Wed, 05 Sep 2007 12:48:40 PDT
Lee, I live in southeast Texas and my pink Rhodophiala bifidas are on their third cycle of bloom since the second week of August. The more mature bulbs send up at least one bloom stalk and a week or so later will send up a second. My pinks range from a pale lavender-pink to a dark rose-red pink. Vary in height from about 12" to over 18".The petal on some twist and flare , others stand straight out to the side of the stalk, some have short petal , some have long petals . I have had 3 bulbs that threw up 2 bloom stalks with six blossoms each and I harvested 12 seed pods from them. These pink oxbloods have been growing for me since 2002 and multiply like crazy, beside the seed set.I have several thousand pinks in all shades of pink and it is just a sight to behold when they are blooming!
One tiny maroon-red is about 6" tall and has been plucked from all the others to be evaluated. I have about 10,000 of our hardy Texas red oxbloods blooming right now and if the cooler and wetter weather keeps up for a while, they will probably still be blooming by the end of this month.
Patty Allen
-----Original Message-----
>From: Lee Poulsen <>
>Sent: Sep 5, 2007 1:56 PM
>To: Pacific Bulb Society <>
>Subject: [pbs] Pink Rhodophiala bifida bloom time
>Along with some oporanthous bulbs such as a Lycoris x albiflora that is 
>slightly tinged with a hint of pink, and several Amaryllis (or possibly 
>Amarygias) of various colors, I had all of my pink Rhodophiala bifidas 
>bloom the past couple of weeks and none of the red ones have bloomed 
>(yet), including those in a large pot of mixed colors (reds and pinks) 
>from seeds I think Alberto Castillo sent out to a BX a number of years 
>ago. Does anyone know why that might be?
>(Especially since almost all of the pink ones have now wilted, possibly 
>because of this ridiculous heat wave we've had that ended this morning. 
>Yet there isn't even a sign of scape tips emerging from the red 
>flowered ones. Thus, the red blooming will be separated from the pink 
>blooming by a month or even more.)
>--Lee Poulsen
>Pasadena, California, USDA Zone 10a
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