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Question abut white hippeastrum species

Posted by SavannaMan 7 NC (My Page) on
Wed, Jan 30, 13 at 22:50

I have been curious about something for a while and perhaps someone on the forum can help. I have read that breeding a pure white Hippeastrum was once a challenge for breeders. I found this surprising, considering that there are several white-flowered species from which to start. Are these species particularly difficult to grow, or are they not interfertile with other species that are commonly grown and hybridized?
I thought you might like to see a photo of H. goianum, which I took about 20 years ago in Brazil (and long before I began growing Hippeastrum). It grows in the savannas there and tends to flower in the dry season (which is their winter), shortly after a fire.
I look forward to any insight you may have about the role that white-flowered species have played in development of hybrids.

Bill


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RE: Question abut white hippeastrum species

I think the photo will be attached this time...


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RE: Question abut white hippeastrum species

Bill
I don't know where you read about it being difficult to breed for a white hippie but maybe the difficulty came from trying to get a large tetraploid shape flower. Most white species hippeasrum appear to be slender trumpets. I'm just speculating.

Ashley/AJ


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