Hans-Werner Hammen haweha@hotmail.com
Tue, 29 May 2012 09:14:33 PDT

13°Celsius and 55°Fahrenheit respectively,  is the optimum temperature for the elongation of the preformed scapes w/in the bulbs. The best results being achieved, if you wait until the scapes poke out. The MINIMUM storage periode depends on the cultivar.Consider that storage makes only sense on bulbs, that are in good condition, round, nice, and firm like a stone. The assumption, you could force a bulb, wait some weeks, then cut the leaves off (or not, it does not matter in THIS case), then store it dry (and cold or not cold respectively) and expect new florets is wishdreams. Even IF it be successful on the first occasion, I have to ask: "And THEN?" Does anybody intend to lethally exhaust a bulb? Btw it is not dryness which "triggers" it is the lower Temperature. WERE I the Emperor of China, and I could afford it, then I would raise the crop in climatized Greenhouses.9 weeks 13°C almost dry but not dry: WITH leaves17 weeks 25°C 9 weeks 13°C almost dry but not dry, WITH leaves 17 weeks 25°C
only cutting the oldest leaves. I would have scapes on fully leaved Hippeastrums Twice per Year. ENJOY! http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v215/…" H.cybister "Chico" x "Pink Floyd" http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v215/…" H.papilio x "Donau" http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v215/…" H.papilio x ("Donau" x "Ambiance") http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v215/…" H.Papilio x "Donau"> Date: Tue, 29 May 2012 08:33:54 -0400
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> From: jshields@indy.net
> Subject: Re: [pbs] Hippeastrum
> Hi Roland, Shelley, et al.,
> As I recall, Hadeco in South Africa holds their Hippeastrum hybrid bulbs in 
> a cold room (at 55°F perhaps?) for a period of time before packing and 
> shipping to market -- or perhaps before replanting.  I remember being in a 
> cold room full of wood trays of Hippeastrum bulbs on one visit there 
> several years ago.
> Jim Shields
> in central Indiana
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