This main page for Zephyranthes provides a table to index other pages which contain detailed information and photographs about named and natural hybrids and also contains information and pictures below of the breeding program of Fadjar Marta in Indonesia.
Representatives of some of the hybrids are shown below.
For more information about and to see images of named and natural Zephyranthes hybrids click on the names in the table below.
Fadjar Marta was a breeder of Zephyranthes hybrids in Indonesia, where the flowers apparently grow very well. He shared these photos of his growing fields, and of some unnamed hybrids he produced. He died in 2020. As you can see, Zephyranthes hybrids come in a broad range of pastel colors, and many recent hybrids have double and striped flowers.
The photos below also illustrate the sort of space needed for a large-scale flower breeding operation. You have to make a lot of crosses, and grow a lot of seeds, in order to pick out the few winners. The plastic cups of a new red hybrid cover flowers that have been pollinated in order to protect from expected rainfall. The cup would protect against random pollination carried out by insects as well.
Here are some of the unlabeled hybrids. Fadjar made a lot of progress with double flowers. He wrote: "As you see in the attached photographs, the pink coloration is most dominant in my double hybrids, although I have got some double hybrids with interesting coloration. I have also achieved triangle shaped double hybrids."
The hybrids that follow have not been named, but are identified by code numbers. Breeders typically use codes to keep track of the breeding history of particular plants, while they are evaluated. Usually it's necessary to wait a while to see how a hybrid will perform. Even if it has good flowers, it may grow poorly or have other flaws that prevent it from being sold. The best selections are given names and released for sale. Fadjar concentrated on propagating all the double cultivars by bulb chipping and after the chipped bulbs set a lot of bulblets, they were separated to grow into mature bulbs. When they set a lot of flowers, he utilized them for cross breeding.
Photos below are pictures of red cultivars. Fadjar worked on producing forms with larger and more beautiful flowers. Photos number 1 and 2 are of 'Pride of Singapore', a cultivar with rich red flowers that is very floriferous, but does not set seed. It could be used as a pollen donor however. Photo number 3 is of NSH-205. It is another potential pollen donor. The last photo is of NSH-127, a form that does set seed and could be used as a seed parent with the other two donors. Fadjar had an intuition that more beautiful coloration, size and shape enhancement could be achieved from these crosses.