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Talking about Amaryllis (Hippeastrum 'Susan') on June 20, critterologist wrote:

Color very close to "survivor pink" (breast cancer pink ribbon color), IMO, a lovely soft shade. Those I've grown have had short to medium height bloom stalks that didn't need staking. I believe 'Bolero' might be the same variety.
Talking about Amaryllis (Hippeastrum 'Flamenco Queen') on June 20, critterologist wrote:

Huge, beautifully shaded blooms with picotee edge for extra distinction. You'll notice this one from across the room! Mine has put on good size from one year to the next with minimal summer care. (Bigger bulb = more bloom stalks)
Talking about Amaryllis (Hippeastrum 'Samba') on June 20, critterologist wrote:

The rounded petals of this variety give the blooms a distinctive look, nearly unique among Amaryllis hybrids. Their size and substance (thick petals) is also outstanding. Great candy-cane colors, welcome at Christmas or in any season. Fabulous variety!
Talking about Amaryllis (Hippeastrum 'Evergreen') on June 20, critterologist wrote:

Supposed to be one of the most prolific bloomers, with 8 to 12 (!!) blooms per stem. That makes up for the smaller size of these cybister blooms. Seeing it at Philly put it on my "need to acquire" list. :-)
Talking about Amaryllis (Hippeastrum 'Dancing Queen') on June 20, critterologist wrote:

This is a BIG amaryllis! In addition to the large double blooms, it seems to put up extra-tall stalks for me. It holds my personal "tallest bloom" record -- 42", from base of stalk to highest petal tip. And it didn't need a stake!
Talking about Spider Amaryllis (Hippeastrum cybister) on June 20, critterologist wrote:

Cybister varieties often seem to be shy boomers. If your new bulb is slow to break dormancy, be patient with it. Be careful not to overwater: keep soil only slightly moist until roots and leaves develop. As long as the bulb feels firm, not icky - squishy or empty- crackly (like paper mache'), it's still viable. It might sprout leaves in April rather than December with the rest of your holiday bulbs. Then it may take another year or two to bloom. The delicate, elegant blooms are worth waiting for!
Talking about Amaryllis (Hippeastrum 'Hercules') on June 20, critterologist wrote:

Despite its girly shade of deep pink, Hercules is well named for its trunk-like stalks and enormous blooms, sturdy and substantial. With regular watering and a little fertilizer (a scattering of osmocote does the trick for me), the bulb will increase nicely in size over the summer. A must have for any amaryllis collection!
Talking about Amaryllis (Hippeastrum 'Minerva') on June 12, tabbycat wrote:

My clump finished blooming about May 15, 2018 here in zone 9 and went to seed. I noticed today the pods have split, so I caught the black seeds and put them in a packet for the next seed swap.
Talking about Amaryllis (Hippeastrum 'Picotee') on February 21, cwhitt wrote:

Many times the label will say Picotee, when it is actually Picotee Picasso. Picotee has pure white petals with the red picotee thread around the edge of the petal. Picotee Picasso looks the same, except it tends to have a blush of tiny red spots on some or all of the petals. Both are pretty. Picotee seems to be a good breeder and will cross with itself, and many other hippeastrum. But I have never got it to cross with Butterfly Papilio, which is its own species. The seeds form in pods and are papery thin. It is often easiest to get the seeds to sprout by floating them in a bowl of water. Plant them after a root grows, or even wait until a root and then a leaf appears. Be prepared to wait quite a while for a flower though - it takes 3-5 years to get big enough to bloom.
Talking about Amaryllis (Hippeastrum mandonii) on February 20, cwhitt wrote:

Right now (Feb, 2018) Mandonii is almost impossible to get, and the cost of a mature bulb is usually quite high -- over $240 each -- if you can even find one. Even the seeds are pricey: I paid $10 for each seed. The only place I could find either -- bulbs or seeds -- was on eBay, and the offering is scarce -- few and far between. The seeds I bought did grow, and after almost 3 years are getting big enough to expect a possible bud in the next year, I hope. So, if you really want Mandonii, expect to pay a premium price, and buy it as soon as it is offered. If one is offered, it sells immediately, so do not wait more than a moment or two. Either that, or DO wait -- probably at least a few more years until there are more of them on the market. Seeds are a little easier to get, but they will take 3 or more years to bloom. It is your gamble to decide whether mature bulbs will be on the market before your seeds get big enough to bloom. As for me, I took the gamble.
Talking about Amaryllis (Hippeastrum 'Red Pearl') on December 18, Paul2032 wrote:

Red Pearl is a spectacular Amaryllis. Mine is tall with large blossoms, which are a very rich, intense shade of dark red. The petals are wide, giving the bloom a very full look. One of my favorites so far this bloom season.
Talking about Butterfly Amaryllis (Hippeastrum papilio) on February 1, DogsNDaylilies wrote:

Papilio is a FAST bloomer...I received mine as an unpotted bulb and I potted it the last week of December. By the last week of January, it was blooming!

Edited to add: Careful where you place this, it can produce a decent amount of very sticky nectar.
Talking about Amaryllis (Hippeastrum 'Peach Melba') on February 7, bsharf wrote:

A huge, flat-faced, true-peach colored flower. Sparkles in the sunlight. This is the nicest peach colored Hippeastrum to come along in a long time.
Talking about Amaryllis (Hippeastrum 'Elvas') on January 22, mcash70 wrote:

I added ‘Elvas’ to my Amaryllis collection this fall and it sure did not disappoint. It produced two tall, sturdy, 20-inch stems; each stem held 5 large buds, with each bud producing a beautiful double white bloom with raspberry-pink markings and a picotee edge. The blooms were very large at 8 to 9 inches. The blooms had no fragrance that I could detect, but the huge blooms themselves were absolutely stunning! I highly recommend this amaryllis.
Talking about Amaryllis (Hippeastrum 'Blossom Peacock') on January 20, critterologist wrote:

I've been growing amaryllises since we moved to Frederick, and of the dozens of varieties I've had, 'Blossom Peacock' is still my hands-down favorite. The color and shape of the bloom are just exquisite. I think my neighbor pinned it down for me when she commented, "It's like a beautiful water lily!" It has all the "extras" -- double petal count, picotee edges, white "star" formed by central stripes on the pink-streaked petals. Some even say it's fragrant, although any fragrance seems very faint to me. Relatively small bulbs will put up multiple bloom stalks. Like most doubles, it doesn't set seed readily, and it's been at best a modest increaser for me.
Talking about Amaryllis (Hippeastrum 'Tinkerbell') on January 20, critterologist wrote:

This was my first year growing 'Tinkerbell,' and I'm in love with her! Blooms are slightly trumpet-shaped, with a ruffled picoteed edge. Color is more pink than peach, to my relief, as I'm not a fan of peachy tones. Miniature, so stems and blooms are smaller than some varieties. No staking needed, even with 6 to 8 blooms per stem! I put 3 bulbs in a pot and got blooms for weeks. Highly recommended. I got mine from ADR Bulbs.
Talking about Amaryllis (Hippeastrum 'Red Lion') on January 20, plantladylin wrote:

Amaryllis Red Lion is the most common Amaryllis I see for sale in my area every winter. It is a popular holiday gift plant for forcing indoors during the colder months. One of the classics, Red Lion has huge, 8-inch-wide, vibrant red blooms ... perfect for the holiday season. Red Lion looks wonderful when grouped with a couple of the white varieties of Amaryllis or white Poinsettias.
Talking about Amaryllis (Hippeastrum 'Acapulco') on January 18, SCButtercup wrote:

My neighbor made a brilliant display of these in pots that he must have started indoors and then set out strategically throughout the yard in early spring when nothing else in the yard was blooming or even growing. One day brown grass and bleak winter yard, then bam: the next morning, red striped amaryllis. Great impact, but these bulbs are kind of pricey and he had over a dozen. Wonder if this variety or any others can be grown from seed? It might take a couple of years, but what a project!
Talking about Amaryllis (Hippeastrum 'Flamenco Queen') on August 23, Catmint20906 wrote:

Amaryllis 'Flamenco Queen' was an exceptionally prolific bloomer for me this past year. I grow Amaryllis as a houseplant in the winter when nothing else is blooming. 'Flamenco Queen' bloomed early, grew rapidly, and bloomed repeatedly. It must have put out a good half a dozen blooming stalks before going dormant. The red-veined on white color of the bloom is attractive.
Talking about Amaryllis (Hippeastrum 'Double Dream') on August 23, Catmint20906 wrote:

'Double Dream' is a stunningly beautiful double-bloomed, luscious pink cultivar, and is one of my favorite amaryllises. It's relatively slow to emerge, but is well worth waiting for due to its exceptional beauty.

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