Amaryllis and Hippeastrum forum: Size difference question?

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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Jan 19, 2013 6:26 PM CST
My DH bought me 2 Apple Blossom bulbs at the same time, the same place with the same tags. I planted them at the same time, one plant is about 24 inches tall with big beautiful blooms, the other is only about 12 inches with small blooms. Does anyone know why the difference in size??
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Name: Barbara
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bsharf
Jan 20, 2013 12:45 PM CST

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If they were grown side by side, they sure look different: not just the height but the size of the leaves. I don't think the flowers on the shorter scape are going to end up being anywhere near as large. I wonder if they came from the same grower. 2 growers could be supplying the same wholesaler. Also is one bulb several years older than the other one. Another possibility is a substitution. The wholesaler could have substituted a similar cultivar to make up the order. If that was not actually Apple Blossom, you wouldn't be the wiser, if you didn't have a true Apple Blossom next to it for a comparison. I hope you post another photo, when the shorter one is in full bloom. I have a suggestion: when you have a later photo, go to the facebook page of Royal Colors. You can upload the photo to their page, and ask them about the size difference. The company is quite responsive to postings on their page.
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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Jan 20, 2013 1:26 PM CST
They were bought at a garden center, Art Knapp, both packaged exactly the same, mesh type plastic bags, large tag showing Apple Blossom, bulb size 26/28 cm from a company named Florissa. Plant needs another day or two to fully open, then I'll take another photo.

Thanks for answering.
Name: Barbara
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bsharf
Jan 21, 2013 3:58 AM CST

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I went to the Florissa website. You can contact them via email through the site. Since they are the suppliers, I think you should contact them about the size difference. They really need to know that there is a possible issue with their product.
Name: Brian
Ontario Canada (Zone 5b)
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bearsearch
Jan 21, 2013 5:54 AM CST
My experience with trying to get explanations is Don't bother. They have your money and beyond that they couldn't care less. They will try and make it your fault for letting one get too cold or over watering or under watering, what ever it takes to shift the blame from themselves. I had three different plants that were either not what was labeled, deformed or have not grown at all and I've had less than satisfactory responses to my inquires. All my plants are grown under the same conditions so I don't know why the one isn't rooting or growing and there has not been any response whatsoever from the company that sent me the grossly deformed plant.
My advise is if it grows for you great, maybe it will be better next year. If not you may have to replace it next season.
Name: Barbara
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bsharf
Jan 21, 2013 8:42 AM CST

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Boy, that's a shame. Amaryllis bulbs are expensive and you expect the company to respond if you have a problem. I have dropped two sources of bulbs due to poor customer service. I've have excellent responce from White Flower Farms, Royal Colors, Amaryllis Bulb Company and Eden Blooms. They've all been really good when I've had a problem.
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gone2seed
Jan 21, 2013 8:49 AM CST
My experience has "generally" been good.Mislabeled bulbs just seem to be par for the course but most companies make them good.The problem then is that you usually have to wait until the next season to see if you have the right one.
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Jan 21, 2013 10:22 AM CST
Brian, that's too bad about your bulbs, really sucks when a company doesn't care about customer satisfaction. I guess I will just wait and see what happens next year, maybe I got a mini or it's a very young bulb.

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