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Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) Anglo-American Hybrid seeds

This is about the Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) Anglo-American hybrid seeds created from the pollen that sgardener (A lady from America who posts on another of the gardening forums I also post on), sent me from her Hippeastrum Sydney on 1st March 2012.

I used some of the pollen to fertilize one of my Red with White Stripes Amaryllis that was open at that time & looked as if it were ready to receive pollen. I must have been right because one seedpod formed & I harvested the seed on Monday 16th April 2012.

History of Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) Anglo-American Hybrid seeds in pictures!

Here then are some photos of these seeds with the original mother bulb & the original plastic bag of pollen from her Amaryllis Sydney.

As a reminder I tied the little bag of pollen from Sydney on the stem of the flower/s I’d pollinated with it.

Original bag of pollen of H.Sydney.

The flower on the right is the Amaryllis that was fertilized with the pollen from H.Sydney.

3 Photos of Mother plant in kitchen window showing seedpod

Seedpod of Amaryllis cross fertilized with pollen from H.Sydney seen from outside of kitchen window

Seedpod with seeds still inside

Split seedpod with seeds visible & little bag of pollen from sgardener’s H.Sydney

Seeds emptied from seedpod

I expect that some sharp-eyed person will have spotted that I wrote the pollen parent’s name wrong! I should have written “Sydney” but at the time of writing the label & on the pot I spelt it wrong! I could have corrected it before taking the photos but I didn’t notice till afterwards & I could no longer delete them & replace them with the word corrected.

If anybody is interested in growing Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) from seed then let me know & I’ll send you some. Obviously I only have a very limited number of these particular seeds but I do have a lot more seeds from other Amaryllis that have been fertilized by accident. Both sgardener & I will grow a few of the seeds but they take 4 years to grow into bulbs big enough to flower! So a lot of patience is required!

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Always so much helpful information on your blogs, Balcony.
and useful details on the pics. too.. however you spell Sydney !

20 Apr, 2012


A very informative blog balcony and I can see that you are well into growing Amarylis. You must have a lot of patience yourself my friend to be growing these ;-)

20 Apr, 2012


Well done Balcony!

20 Apr, 2012


Such devotion....well done from me too!

20 Apr, 2012


How absolutely facinating.

20 Apr, 2012


Thank you all for your comments. I'm glad you found it interesting! I still haven't sown any of the seeds from the Amaryllis I collected last Monday.

I really need to move at least some of the plants I have on our windowsills as the leaves have grown so much that they take away all the light. Besides which they need to become hardened off as I want to take them down to the allotment again this year. I daren't take them down until the middle of May has passed at the earliest. Two years in a row we have had frost during the first week of May & the allotments field is in a frost hollow.

21 Apr, 2012


I did sow the seeds eventually. I put them flat & spaced out on the compost in a seedtray, covered them very lightly with compost & put the tray in the propagator. I did that on May 1st. Only 3 days later I had to turn off the propagator as we were going to visit our family in Cuenca, Spain. A week later I turned it back on again & by the 19th they had begun to germinate!

I'm afraid I have no seed left of this cross as I sent a dozen seeds to sgardener in the USA & another dozen to a girl in London interested in growing them. The rest I sowed myself.

Nevertheless I do have lots of Amaryllis seed from other, unplanned, crosses! If anybody is interested just send me a PM & we'll arrange a small packet.

28 May, 2012

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