Royal Colors package arrived!

anna_in_quebec(z4 QC)November 16, 2010

Once again, my Royal Colors order arrived safe and sound yesterday, and exactly 2 weeks from the mailing notice. The bulbs all look great, 8 in total. One or 2 don't have many roots, but from experience, I know this rarely impedes growth, and the roots develop fairly quickly.

It was like Christmas! Here's what i got:







Monte Carlo

Flamenco Queen

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e36yellowm3(7 Raleigh, NC)

Anna, nice! Those are going to be some good looking blooms. I'm looking forward to seeing pictures (particularly of Amorice)!


    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 10:58AM
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cindeea(FtMyers 10)

(((Anna)) how exciting for you!! It really does sound like Christmas! I don't know if you are interested, but I came up with a successful rooting procedure for bulbs with little/no roots. I'll find the post where I use perlite in an inverted top of a plastic water/soda bottle.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 11:09AM
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anna_in_quebec(z4 QC)

Please do, Cindee - I'd appreciate that!

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 11:35AM
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Noni Morrison

How exciting that you got your bulbs! Mine have not arrived yet through I know they have been sent. I have many of hte same choices...all the newest varieties and ordered enough of that pretty pink double to give as gifts to my sister and daughters.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 2:49PM
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cindeea(FtMyers 10)

Anna I cut the tops off plastic bottles and invert, filling the neck area with perlite. Place the bottle spout on palm and fill neck with perlite, add a little water, let drip out and perlite will swell blocking the neck. Set rootless bulb on top of perlite and finish filling the plastic top use shells, stones, beads to keep the bulb/bulblett in place. Set whole thing in a glass or bottom of bottle or in soil being careful to not imerse in water. Fill bottom cup with water just below where the bulb sets. I will also dig a small hole in soil fill 1/2 with perlite then set the plastic top with bulb in hole.
Make sense? The roots seem to just grow knowing there is moisture waiting an inch or so below their basal plate.
The plastic and perlite also support the bulb until roots develop.
Perlite filled bottle top
From 2010-2011 Amaryllis

Set in bottle bottom with a little water covering neck of bottle top
From 2010-2011 Amaryllis

2 Perlite seated bulblets set in soil with the mama
From 2010-2011 Amaryllis

I have received large rootless bulbs and for them, I use a quart or 1/2 litre size just the same! Oh and I keep in window or sheltered area where rain won't over fill or float them until well rooted.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 8:00PM
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Cindee, Do you ever use rooting hormone? I used hormone on all of my Maguires order and half of them rooted and the rest are taking their time. Tells me nothing. Your method looks interesting..I think I'll give it a try without rooting hormone.


    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 8:58PM
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cindeea(FtMyers 10)

Hi Donna, I actually first tried this method on a Maguires bulb that had no roots at all when I received it. Except I used a root cup(from Xuan for rooting Violet seedlings-I believe) only I packed it in perlite and forgot about the thing. About 2 months later it had grown tremendous roots but I had to smash the china cup because it grew it's roots through all the little holes and got stuck. I use rooting hormone on a lot of different cuttings, but have NEVER tried it on an Amaryllis. Interesting it only sometimes worked, Donna. Try this method, it really does work. You just must be certain to leave the bulb/bulblet be and do not let too much moisture in to cause rotting.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 9:58PM
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Oh, congrats, Anna. It's so exciting to have your "babies" safely delivered!

I got an email from Paul saying my package was re-sent yesterday. I'm so eagerly waiting for it.

I made similar choices as yours. Hope we all will have great-looking blooms for Xmas.


    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 10:00PM
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My package was sent yesterday :) YAY

    Bookmark   November 17, 2010 at 9:54AM
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