pbs Digest, Vol 36, Issue 5

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>   1. Can you make this antique bloom (Hippeastrum Petiolatum)
>      (David Pilling)
>   2. Re: Can you make this antique bloom (Hippeastrum Petiolatum)
>      (James SHIELDS)
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> Message: 1
> Date: Tue, 4 Feb 2020 12:40:50 +0000
> From: David Pilling <david@davidpilling.com>
> To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net>
> Subject: [pbs] Can you make this antique bloom (Hippeastrum
>    Petiolatum)
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> Hi,
> 
> Tom Schafer, who lives in the North East of the USA, wrote to the PBS 
> website asking how to make a 19th century bulb flower.
> 
> You can reply direct to: tschafer30@aol.com or to the list.
> 
> "I inherited a Hippeastrum Petiolatum from my late friend who inherited 
> it from her grandparents when they died.
> They had received it as a wedding present in the late 1800's.
> My friend did not have a green thumb and she kept it pot bound in the 
> same pot for years.
> She fertilized weekly but I don't know what she used.  And the plant 
> blossomed for her at least twice a year with upwards of 15 stalks!!
> She loved it and wanted me to have it when she died.
> 
> I have had it for about 10 years now and I have had no luck whatsoever 
> with it. I did not know what it was (nor did she) so that didn't help 
> but I cared for it like I would a child!
> Occasionally it would send up a flower or two and that's all.  And it 
> kept looking worse by the month.
> (At one point I had it planted in a bark mixture used for Clivia because 
> I thought that that is what it is.)
> 
> I somehow decided on making some new potting soil on my own (1 part 
> perlite, 1 part peat moss and 1 part manure).
> I pulled the plant all apart in the spring of 2018, used my soil and put 
> it on my porch for the summer and it looked (and still does although 
> it's now inside) wonderful!!
> But not one single flower.  I did read that after they are transplanted 
> they may not blossom for a year or two and that they like to be pot 
> bound so that could be the problem.
> (I have attached a picture.  I divided it into two pots when replanting.)
> 
> I decided that I used too much fertilizer and over watered it in the 
> past (on all of my plants) so I cut back.
> And on this plant I only occasionally gave it 10-10-10.  I am using 
> Jack's Classic all purpose 20-20-20 water soluble plant food at half the 
> recommended dose.
> I have not given it anything since last fall but with spring hopefully 
> arriving in a few months, I thought I should start again thus my 
> question to Pacific."
> 
> There is a photo in the scrubbed link below. The PBS wiki has a page 
> about one of these bulbs from the 1920s
> 
> https://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/…
> 
> 
> -- 
> David Pilling
> http://www.davidpilling.com/
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> Message: 2
> Date: Tue, 4 Feb 2020 08:43:08 -0500
> From: James SHIELDS <jshields46074@gmail.com>
> To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net>,
>    tschafer30@aol.com
> Subject: Re: [pbs] Can you make this antique bloom (Hippeastrum
>    Petiolatum)
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> Hi Tom and all,
> 
> First, Hippeastrum like a lot of light.  If they are a houseplant for you,
> they need to be in a bright window, or maybe outdoors in the summer.
> Morning sun and late afternoon sun with mid-day shade would be kinder to
> your houseplant than full day direct sun. They also, most of them anyway,
> need a rest period sometime during the year to trigger flowering.  Give
> your petiolatum at least 6 to 8 weeks of dry rest in winter, and see if
> that doesn't encourage it to show some blooms.
> 
> Good luck!
> 
> Jim Shields
> 
>> On Tue, Feb 4, 2020 at 7:41 AM David Pilling <david@davidpilling.com> wrote:
>> 
>> Hi,
>> 
>> Tom Schafer, who lives in the North East of the USA, wrote to the PBS
>> website asking how to make a 19th century bulb flower.
>> 
>> You can reply direct to: tschafer30@aol.com or to the list.
>> 
>> "I inherited a Hippeastrum Petiolatum from my late friend who inherited
>> it from her grandparents when they died.
>> They had received it as a wedding present in the late 1800's.
>> My friend did not have a green thumb and she kept it pot bound in the
>> same pot for years.
>> She fertilized weekly but I don't know what she used.  And the plant
>> blossomed for her at least twice a year with upwards of 15 stalks!!
>> She loved it and wanted me to have it when she died.
>> 
>> I have had it for about 10 years now and I have had no luck whatsoever
>> with it. I did not know what it was (nor did she) so that didn't help
>> but I cared for it like I would a child!
>> Occasionally it would send up a flower or two and that's all.  And it
>> kept looking worse by the month.
>> (At one point I had it planted in a bark mixture used for Clivia because
>> I thought that that is what it is.)
>> 
>> I somehow decided on making some new potting soil on my own (1 part
>> perlite, 1 part peat moss and 1 part manure).
>> I pulled the plant all apart in the spring of 2018, used my soil and put
>> it on my porch for the summer and it looked (and still does although
>> it's now inside) wonderful!!
>> But not one single flower.  I did read that after they are transplanted
>> they may not blossom for a year or two and that they like to be pot
>> bound so that could be the problem.
>> (I have attached a picture.  I divided it into two pots when replanting.)
>> 
>> I decided that I used too much fertilizer and over watered it in the
>> past (on all of my plants) so I cut back.
>> And on this plant I only occasionally gave it 10-10-10.  I am using
>> Jack's Classic all purpose 20-20-20 water soluble plant food at half the
>> recommended dose.
>> I have not given it anything since last fall but with spring hopefully
>> arriving in a few months, I thought I should start again thus my
>> question to Pacific."
>> 
>> There is a photo in the scrubbed link below. The PBS wiki has a page
>> about one of these bulbs from the 1920s
>> 
>> https://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/…
>> 
>> 
>> --
>> David Pilling
>> http://www.davidpilling.com/
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