Sv.: Re: Eithea blumenavia

Anders Bo Petersen via pbs
Fri, 23 Apr 2021 12:23:38 PDT
I would like to swap bulbs, as you need 2 different clones to success pollinating. Anders, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Den fredag, april 23, 2021, 19:38 skrev Robert Lauf via pbs <>:

 There's a second bud on the stem.  I have self-pollinated the first bloom and - don't tell anyone this - I might have a bloom starting to develop on a blue Griffinia espiritensis that came in the same shipment.  I hope to cross the two, even if it means storing pollen from the Eithea while the Griffinia grows up.  It could be a sly way to get blue pigment into otherwise pink amaryllids.
Now that I know how easy it is to do embryo rescue, my horizons have expanded immensely.  You can buy premade tubes of the culture medium for about $3 a pop, so all that's left is contamination control.
My cross of the pregnant onion w a dark blue squill has yielded a shitload of viable seeds.  No rescue needed....  These crosses have me really excited!
    On Friday, April 23, 2021, 01:27:33 PM EDT, Mike via pbs <> wrote:  

That’s a really nice bloom, is that typical for the species or can you
expect multiple blooms per stem ?

Always cool when out of the blue a bloom pops up out of nowhere.

San Diego-land of a gentle overnight rain.

On Thu, Apr 22, 2021 at 9:19 AM Robert Lauf via pbs <> wrote:

> I recently got a nice starter collection of Amaryllid species from Telos,
> among which was "Hippeastrum blumenavium", which came with the caveat that
> the bulbs are small.  No kidding, compared to large Hippeastrum species and
> hybrids.  But it almost immediately put up a bloom (attached) and a
> delightful thing it is!
> As with many of the plants we grow, this fine creature has taken the
> scenic tour of Taxonomy Hell, being placed in Griffinia, then Hippeastrum,
> and now Eithea (at least according to the PBS wiki).  Despite all the "You
> say to-MAY-to, I say to-MAH-to", it's a great little plant and I hope to
> work it into my breeding program.  If anyone has done any hybridization
> with this thing, I'd love to know about it.
> Bob    Zone 7, officially 31 in town for a few hours last night, probably
> a few degrees warmer up here on the ridge
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