Amaryllis and Hippeastrum forum: Hippeastrelia Durga Pradhan

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Name: Brian
Ontario Canada (Zone 5b)
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bearsearch
Jul 13, 2012 8:25 PM CST
Just wondering if anybody has grown this and started it's seeds? If so what can I expect in terms of years to bloom and if self pollinated what do the flowers end up like? I got two seed pods full of seed and so far have 8 seedlings. It has to be self fertile as I had no other plants blooming at the same time.
Name: JT Sessions
Milton,Fl.
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gone2seed
Jul 14, 2012 2:06 PM CST
I grow it but have never had seed.Please keep us up dated as you start them.
Name: Brian
Ontario Canada (Zone 5b)
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bearsearch
Jul 14, 2012 8:04 PM CST
I now have 22 seeds that have sprouted a root and 9 that have put up their first leaf.
Name: Brian
Ontario Canada (Zone 5b)
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bearsearch
Aug 8, 2012 8:01 AM CST
Most of the seedlings (about 30 ) are at the two leaf stage. I've never started an amaryllis or related plants from seed before, how long do you keep them growing before a dormant period? I would think they would have to form some sort of bulb first but how big is big enough? Or is there no point to a dormant period till they are flowering size (years I expect)?
Name: JT Sessions
Milton,Fl.
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gone2seed
Aug 8, 2012 8:14 AM CST
I don't give my seedlings a dormant period until they bloom.That is usually 2-3 years.
Name: Brian
Ontario Canada (Zone 5b)
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bearsearch
Aug 10, 2012 1:05 PM CST
Good to know! Thanks!
Name: Brian
Ontario Canada (Zone 5b)
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bearsearch
Nov 5, 2012 2:58 PM CST
gone2seed said:I don't give my seedlings a dormant period until they bloom.That is usually 2-3 years.


What about the mature plants? Do they need a dry cool winter dormancy like the sprekelia? Or can / should they be kept growing year round?
Name: JT Sessions
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gone2seed
Nov 6, 2012 8:31 AM CST
I don't know what the "experts" say but I keep mine growing year round and they bloom ,and multiply,reliably.In fact,they multiply like rabbits.Thumb of 2012-11-06/gone2seed/c8e106
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 6, 2012 9:46 AM CST
gone2seed: Is that photo of Hippeastrelia Durga Pradhan? Wow, that's a beauty! I see we don't currently have photo's of that one in the database so I hope you will consider adding a couple of your pictures:

Hippeastrelia (XHippeastrelia 'Durga Pradhan')

Bearsearch: If you have photo's of seeds or seedlings of yours, I hope you will add some pictures too!
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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Nov 6, 2012 2:20 PM CST
Gonetoseed, I just started growing Hippeastrums last year so I have lots to learn about these amazing plants. Letting the plant grow all year without a dormant period, would that work with an indoor plant as well, it's too cold at night to put them outside during the summer here, we live in the high country, plus I don't want to bring bugs back in the house. I just bought Red Pearl and Papillio and they are starting to grow nicely, hopefully I will get blooms. And I have Red Lion and a hybrid white that I put in dormancy about a month ago, I was told that they wouldn't bloom if the leaves were left on and they continued to grow, true or false? I also have a 2 year old seedling that I started from seed that a friend sent me, it is from an unknown red, it's doing great.
Name: JT Sessions
Milton,Fl.
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gone2seed
Nov 6, 2012 3:03 PM CST
plantladylin said:gone2seed: Is that photo of Hippeastrelia Durga Pradhan? Wow, that's a beauty! I see we don't currently have photo's of that one in the database so I hope you will consider adding a couple of your pictures:



Done.Thanks for reminding me.

@mcash....I have no experience with your conditions so take the following with a large grain of salt.Those of mine that grow in the greenhouse are given a dormant period, where I withhold both water and bright light,for about 3 months.Those growing outside sometimes lose some leaves to freezing but for the most part grow through the winter.The ONLY difference I see is that the outside group bloom later(springtime).



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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Nov 6, 2012 4:32 PM CST
gonetoseed, thanks for the info. I tip my hat to you.
Name: Brian
Ontario Canada (Zone 5b)
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bearsearch
Nov 6, 2012 7:19 PM CST
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These photos are a bit dark but show the flower well I think. They have the same sparkly petal surface as the sprekelia.
I don't have any pictures of the seedlings yet but I will take some soon. They are in a real good growth spurt right now.
Name: JT Sessions
Milton,Fl.
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gone2seed
Nov 7, 2012 8:55 AM CST
DP has Sprekelia color and Hippi shape.The best of both worlds.It is one of my favorites.
Name: Brian
Ontario Canada (Zone 5b)
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bearsearch
Nov 15, 2012 1:48 PM CST
The seedlings so far.
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