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Amarillys (Hippeastrum papilio (Butterfly amaryllis))

I was bought a bulb for Christmas - it just came into flower a couple of days ago :-)



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Beautiful....

12 Feb, 2009

 

Gorgeous

12 Feb, 2009

 

Its lovely Sid

12 Feb, 2009

 

thats beautiful

13 Feb, 2009

 

This is really stunning :o)

13 Feb, 2009

 

There it is!!! Gorgeous...I'm thinking...these plants would be great to collect! hardly any work involved and they pay off with flowers like these!!

13 Feb, 2009

 

This is a lovely one Sid, and hopefully mine will be like this. I bought a bulb in the sales....a white one....but so far I just have 3 leaves! :o(

13 Feb, 2009

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Sid
 

Lori - funny you should say that - I've just had an e-mail from a friend who is offering to send me a rather lovely yellow one!

Janey - that's strange...I've got no leaves at all, just one stout stem with these flowers perched on top! Maybe yours needs to build up some strength before it flowers? I'm surprised mine has done so well - it was a bit of a shrivelled old bulb with mouldy bits attached - but I couldn't very well do anything about it as it was a Christmas prezzie.....'oh yes, how lovely, thank you so much for the manky old bulb!' ha ha ha...

13 Feb, 2009

 

Ha...ha.....Sid......as they say....Never judge a book by it's cover! Yours looked manky but had hidden talents. Mine looked the biz, but was empty inside! lol

13 Feb, 2009

Sid
Sid
 

Ah yes, there is a definate moral to all this...??!! As a wise old Chinaman might have said, 'he who buy manky Amaryllis, get plenty big flower.' x-)

13 Feb, 2009

 

Or "he who buy big bulb........get big bulb!"..............

13 Feb, 2009

 

Just a mention of something I've observed...of the three plants that I have growing the one in full flower is the one with NO leaves!! wonder if I should remove the leaves til it's finished flowering? would that weaken the bulb?

15 Feb, 2009

 

Not sure Lori...........I left mine standing in water for an hour yesterday....and Hey Presto today I have a bud peeping up! I think they need the leaves to nourish the bulb...if you are going to keep it.

16 Feb, 2009

Sid
Sid
 

My friend who is sending me some bulbs of a yellow one said that it behaves differently from others in that it flowers later in the spring and produces flowers and leaves at the same time - perhaps yours is like that one? Personally, I wouldn't remove the leaves, but I think I would feed it as it obviously trying to grow and build itself up to something- hopefully flowering!

16 Feb, 2009

 

So there are Papilios of different colours, then. Did you see the one I had in flower a short while ago? It came up with no leaves, and it was red/green/cream stripes! The one I got last year didn't flower, but the leaves have stayed on. It hasn't flowered this year, either. I am feeding it. Both bulbs were much smaller than the usual size.

Yours is lovely, Sid!

21 Feb, 2009

Sid
Sid
 

I expect they take a few years to get up to flowering size - some bulbs I've seen for sale are huge monsters! I will look for your picture Barbara :-)

22 Feb, 2009

 

You can keep these bulbs in leaf all year, which is needed when they are young to build them up. However, by the end of summer the older bulbs want to rest, so withhold watering and let them dry off totally , this is when next years flowers are formed ready for the spring/summer season. The leaves are needed to provide this energy so please don't chop 'em off!! Start watering only when you see a new shoot coming...easy!

22 Feb, 2009

 

I've never seen a white one! Beautiful - I'll look out for one to grow next year.

23 Feb, 2009

Sid
Sid
 

Thank you for that Chloris! A friend is sending me some immature bulbs - so do you think I should keep those in leaf all year until I think they are up to flowering size? They haven't arrived yet, so I don't know quite how big they are yet.

24 Feb, 2009

 

Yes Sid if you can keep them going ,do,sometimes they want to die back naturally but as long as you don't overwater them they should be fine. The ones I grow from seed decided to have a winter rest this year but as I've moved recently I might have forgotten to water them so they went into dormancy anyway!

26 Feb, 2009

Sid
Sid
 

Thanks Chloris :-) My friend's bulbs arrived yesterday - they are the size of small daff bulbs and are mostly in the green, so I will try to keep them going :-) Would you suggest I keep them indoors or outdoors in the summer? I have an unheated greenhouse - would it be too warm for them in there in the summer I wonder?

26 Feb, 2009



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