Amaryllis and Hippeastrum forum: First dwarf blooming- Joker. Compare to denver behind it.

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Name: Paula
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
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Turbosaurus
Nov 26, 2017 5:53 PM CST
I am over the moon re: the dwarf amaryllis I bought from bloomingbulbs.com

Here is my first, Joker:
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I am so pleased with these little bulbs. They are throwing up infloresecence like its going out of style, at least two on each bulb (this is my first bloom on the first bulb, others right behind them) and they're not all that mini in terms of flowers.

In terms of pot size there isn't much difference, but in terms of space to rejuvenate in the summer I'm hoping these dwarfs will allow me to extend my collection Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Oh, BTW, none cost me more than $7, most about $5. Let me repeat, at least two inflorescence on every bulb so far. I have never looked forward to winter before with this much excitement. I'm a bit worried that the bulbs are going gang-busters because they are only half the diameter they arrived and I'm concerned about bulking them up for next year, but I'll woryr about that in spring.
Name: Barbara
Palm Coast, FL
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bsharf
Nov 27, 2017 4:26 AM CST

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They are beautiful. The bulbs feel almost empty when they are done blooming. It may take 2 or 3 years before they r-bloom, but you will see them start to bulk up again through the summer.
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Nov 28, 2017 9:07 PM CST
Are the dwarf amaryllis the same as the sonatini amaryllis? Thx
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Name: Barbara
Palm Coast, FL
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bsharf
Nov 29, 2017 5:04 AM CST

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The terms Dwarf or Miniature Amaryllis are a way of describing the relative size of the flower and bulb, not an actual "group" in itself. Joker is actually a Sonata cultivar from Hadeco in South Africa. That's their midsize (10-16.5 cm diameter) flowered bulbs. Symphony is their largest (16.5+ cm) flowered bulbs. Sonatini is the name given to their smaller (6-10 cm) flowered bulbs. Solo are the tiny (less than 6- cm) flowered bulbs. I have noticed that many internet sellers are listing Sonatini bulbs. Some are selling the Sonatini bulbs from Hadeco. However on doing further research, I discovered that a Dutch company, W R Leenen is hybridizing their own line of Sonatini bulbs, breeding for outdoor hardiness and ability to naturalize. So there are 2 completely different groups of Sonatini: One out of the Netherlands and one out of South Africa. All Sonatini are "miniature" in size, but a "miniature" cultivar is not necessary a Sonatini. Wow!
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Nov 29, 2017 10:51 AM CST
Thanks Barb,

I had 3 pots of Sonatini's that I purchased from https://www.hiddenspringsflowe...
Harvey had a breeding program going on, I'm amazed at the number flowers they put out and how hardy they are, they have been going on for 3 years and every summer they get larger and produce more bulbs!
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