Pics of Bulb Hybrids

Sun, 08 Nov 2009 07:38:07 PST
Beautiful Martin!  And interesting!  
It appears your "Brunaryllis" bulbs remain at or below the surface.  Or is the mulch hiding above ground growth?  Do you fertilize?
Wayne Roderick also gave me seed in 1995 from his Brunsvigia josephinae, which he indicated had been open pollinated by hummers.  He advised me that the bulbs must go in the ground at some point if I wanted them to flower.  I did so 5 years later after moving to San Diego.  The first bloom occurred at 10 years, in 2005, and has bloomed every year since.  It appears to be 'pure' B.josephinae ... or at least very similar to Wayne's mother bulb.  It has produced an increasing number of florets ... from 25-42 ... each year until this year, when it only produced 35 florets (I provided no supplemental water last year and it was a very dry year.)   This first-to-bloom bulb has been a poor seeder, producing at most a dozen seed each year, only a few of which have been viable.   In 2008, two additional bulbs (of 11) produced scapes, adjacent to the first bulb.  The hummers went wild, smearing pollen everywhere!  These two new scapes
 produced close to 200 seeds (most of which were viable) but the first-blooming bulb still produced only a dozen or so.  Here's a link to a shot in 2008:
This year, the 2 heavy seeders took a break from flowering, but a 4th bulb did produce a scape for the first time, alongside the bulb which first bloomed in 2005.  Hummers were active (including this 190lb one) but between these two, I harvested only a few seed, which have not germinated.  Hoping for a better year in 2010 ... I also plan to provide additional water.
San Diego

--- On Sat, 11/7/09, Martin Grantham <> wrote:
I have some interesting bulb hybrids that have flowered recently and 
thought PBS folks might be interested in the pics.…

In 1995 Wayne Roderick let me make reciprocal crosses with his 
Brunsvigia josephinae and 3 color forms of Amaryllis belladonna, 
white, bicolor, and magenta. (Jim Lykos let me know the same 
bigeneric cross was made with a superior form of B. josephinae in 
Australia back in the 1800's.) It took 12 years for the first to 
flower and now, after 14 years only 9 individuals have flowered 
(probably because I haven't had enough room to put many in the ground 
where they belong). The 3 progeny with A. belladonna as seed parent 
that have flowered look just like their A. belladonna parent, but the 
6 that have flowered with B. josephinae as seed parent are 
intermediate. I call them "Brunaryllis." None of these has been able 
to set seed with A. belldonna or with sibling pollen so far, but my 
hope is that eventually one of the progeny will be fertile so an F2 
can be produced. The tallest inflorescence this year has a 41 in. 
stalk height and, with flowers included, stands 52 inches. Flower 
number has gone up slightly for repeat flowers, starting at about 20 
flowers per stalk and now approaching 30. No offsets have yet been 
produced. The pics are by a friend named Ken Gray

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