Amaryllis belladonna blooming project - year 3

Jim Lykos
Mon, 29 Jul 2013 17:39:30 PDT

One factor that may not be covered by your Amaryllis blooming project is 
the distinction between bulbs of Amaryllis belladonna species,  Amarygia 
and hybrid swarms of  Amarygia x Amaryllis belladonna.
Here in the lower Blue Mountains outside of Sydney  over a three month 
period of flowering  the species form flowers early and usually has a 
lower  flower count , and this is usually followed by  Amarygia 
back-crosses and in the second to third month  the Multiflowered (25 - 
30) forms of Amarygia.
The best flowering I have seen of the species form of Amaryllis 
belladonna occurred a couple of years ago along a  dry creek flood plain 
in grain/sheep country. The heavy rain storm occurred after 10 years of 
drought, heavy rain storms near the inland town of Henty  and  induced a 
mass flowering - and these flowering clumps segregated into bulb 
clusters   with  flower counts of 7, 12 or 15  flowers.

Jim Lykos
  Blue Mountains

On 30/07/2013 3:30 AM, Jim McKenney wrote:
> We have thunderstorms and overnight (in fact, 24/7) humidity in abundance here in Maryland just outside Washington D.C., and so far the clump of Amaryllis belladonna here has not been moved to bloom in the eight years it has been growing here. This is planted in the ground, with bulbs mostly buried but with the necks exposed. It's in a well protected cold frame. It yearly produces a thick tuft of foliage, and the foliage is never damaged during the winter. Yet it has never bloomed. I drenched it with smoke water last year, and hope blooms eternal...
> Jim McKenney
> Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where Crocosmias, eucomises, kniphofias and the erstwhile galtonias are all blooming - gloriosas to follow shortly.
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