Amaryllis and Hippeastrum forum: Curious about a bulbil-like seed

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Name: Michelle
Cheyenne, WY (Zone 5a)
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MrsBinWY
Dec 17, 2017 5:57 PM CST
Hello everyone!

I figure if there's an answer to my question, the folks here will be the ones who know Smiling

As the blooms on our Amaryllis fade, I typically snap off the juvenile pods and drop them back in the pot. Sometimes those baby pods continue to fatten up. This year, when I was getting ready to plant the bulbs in the flower bed for the summer, out of curiosity, I opened up the discarded pods. They mostly contained nothing, but one of them had one fat, firm, bulbil-like seed. (Too bad I didn't think to take a picture.) I floated the thing in water on approximately June 10 and noticed it had germinated on June 20. It's presently growing its third leaf (or maybe fourth leaf, if you count the one the cat ate).

I'm used to seeing the papery seeds with what looks/feels like a squashed raisin in the middle. Do "fat" seeds show up pretty often?

Thanks very much!

Michelle/Mrs. B
Name: Barbara
Palm Coast, FL
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bsharf
Dec 18, 2017 3:55 AM CST

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There are a few people on this forum that germinate and grow Amaryllis from seed. Perhaps one of them can answer your question.
Name: Christie
43016 (Zone 6b)
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cwhitt
Dec 28, 2017 11:42 AM CST
The only Amaryllis I know of that has a bulblike seed is Belladona. Is yours Belladona?
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Name: Michelle
Cheyenne, WY (Zone 5a)
Salvias
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MrsBinWY
Dec 28, 2017 9:26 PM CST
Interesting. Thank you Christie. I'm afraid this is just 'Apple Blossom.'
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In a different pot is a big red one, purchased from Wal-Mart 15 or so years ago. Possibly 'Red Lion,' I suppose.
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Maybe I'll leave the pods alone this year and see if something interesting happens.



Name: Christie
43016 (Zone 6b)
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cwhitt
Dec 29, 2017 11:08 AM CST
Interesting. Was Apple Blossom self-pollinated? Or pollinated by a different amaryllis?
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Name: Michelle
Cheyenne, WY (Zone 5a)
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MrsBinWY
Dec 29, 2017 12:31 PM CST
Unfortunately, I don't have a way of knowing. Both types we had were blooming at the same time last year, and whatever insects were in the house (typically fungus gnats) would have been the likely pollinators.

Uh, oh. It just occurred to me, we bought two orphan "white" Amaryllis a couple days ago (one from Lowe's and one from Wal-Mart) that will probably bloom about the same time 'Apple Blossom' and the red one bloom. Maybe I can take the orphans to work, so they don't interfere with the little experiment.
Name: Christie
43016 (Zone 6b)
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cwhitt
Jan 9, 2018 1:42 PM CST
No hanky panky!!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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