Fragrant Amaryllis

Vlad Hempel via pbs
Fri, 22 Jan 2021 08:21:35 PST
Hello Fred,
I can confirm that Picasso is not the most flagrant Hippeastrum out there. Try instead Jewel, Rebecca, Amputo, Giant Amadeus and the classical Apple Blossom. There are a few more, but can't remember the names. For me personally, Amputo then Rebecca have the strongest flagrance.
Also, sometimes new bulbs will have a weaker scent in their 1st flowering, only to be much stronger in their 2nd year or later. I did notice this on Jewel and on other doubles. Perhaps it has to do with poor rooting during their very 1st flowering.

Vlad Hempel

    On Friday, January 22, 2021, 05:03:09 PM GMT+1, fred--- via pbs <> wrote:  
 I recently purchased Amaryllis ‘Picasso’ from Scheepers - billed as “the most fragrant of all Amaryllis” - it send up three vigorous stalks, bloomed beautifully, but there is absolutely zero fragrance. 

I tried detecting it at all times of day.  (My sense of smell is good, so …) nothing. 

When I emailed Shceepers they assured me that I received the correct product.  I know some of the papillo strains are said to be fragrant, and of course A. belladonna. But I was counting on a fragrant bloom from A. ‘Picasso". 

Anyone have any similar experience with Amaryllis ? 

Fred Bové
San Francisco CA
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