Bulb butchery and other offenses

rgebczynskiOctober 24, 2013

It's Christmas time soon and slowly you can find the deals for Amaryllis bulbs - which you can grow at home and show of to everyone at the most wonderful time of the year. At least for us, not for the poor plants.

We already saw how they butchered the basal plates, made holes in the bulbs and much much more, but this almost gave me a heart attack and is just... it's just so wrong!

They sell bulbs covered in whole in wax....

Here is a link that might be useful: Amaryllis Bulb in wax

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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

I saw these several years ago. Sadly, they are really making this bulb self destruct...
K

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 2:05PM
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AuntJemima

I saw those and thought it was perfect for my sister. Whenever i give her one she never pots it but gets her mother in law to do it. And then she never waters it and she turns her heating real high so any plant she gets soon dessicates. This one might last a bit longer with the wax sealing on it!

I think it was a nice way to add value and festivity to a common bulb. Bit expensive though.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 9:02PM
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rgebczynski

You can't water it because the bulb is basically waxed tight with no access to air. The Basal plate was chopped of and the whole bulb was putted into wax. With no actual way to check if it's health or still alive when bought.

To get this bulb out of the wax seal i'm guessing a long surgery would be needed - and some extensive damage might be done to the actual bulb.

The shops didn't design this bulb to survive after Christmas.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2013 at 11:43AM
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AuntJemima

I know. lol

Most people do not keep them alive anyway after flowering anyway. As such it isn't that big a deal. They are just novelty bouquets for most people.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2013 at 2:59PM
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dragonstone

Wow. Those poor bulbs. They really have no intention of allowing those bulbs to survive beyond Christmas.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2013 at 3:15PM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

Here are the ones I saw. Look at their other products...

K

Here is a link that might be useful: Waxz bulbs

    Bookmark   October 27, 2013 at 4:48PM
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rgebczynski

Kind of everything in me just twists seeing this...

    Bookmark   October 27, 2013 at 5:44PM
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AuntJemima

I think they are awesome and i intend to get one if i ever find a cheap one. I especially want the pokeball one. I was looking at them last xmas but they are just too pricy for a planter that essentially kills your bulb. I'd probably use it and not put water in it.

Not worried about their bulbs not living as they don't have a single decent variety. All their research and all they managed was a red ferrari. :p They'd be better off buying the rights from people on this forum.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2013 at 9:58PM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

Well, they do offer boxed kits (Red Lion, Minerva, and Intokasi)...
K

Here is a link that might be useful: boxed kits from Waxz seller

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 5:21PM
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rgebczynski

Hah i'll stick to my Taylors bulbs gift sets!

Rob

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 6:08PM
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AuntJemima

Yeah i like the one inside a greeting card. Reminds me of those pop up cards i used to get.

i'll wait and see if the ball planters go on sale in january and pick a few up.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 7:27PM
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dragonstone

Ohh, I heard about Intokazi! Big beautiful white blooms. I've thought about tracking one down but they're all overseas and/or quite expensive. I remember coming across a post on some board where a woman shared pictures of a handful of amaryllis, extremely different flower colors and sizes, and said they were all from the same seed pod, the parents being Intokazi and Geraldine. I wanted to replicate the experience myself but yikes, the cost (and let's face it, also the space) is a huge barrier right now.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2013 at 12:08PM
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