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Posted by triniguy (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 2, 11 at 16:11

Hi everyone,

I have been an avid reader of this forum for a while now. I am from the island of Trinidad in the Caribbean. I had a couple of amaryllis years ago, but through neglect and other factors I lost them. About two weeks ago I purchased a NOID white amaryllis that has just leaves so far. Last week I purchased some more bulbs, Red Lion, Carmen, Rilona, Christmas Gift and Apple Blossom. I hope that they are labeled true to name. Two of them are growing scapes already.

Over here, as the climate is tropical, people tend to keep their amaryllis evergreen and I plan on doing the same. I am glad that I was able to get a few varieties as mostly a red (perhaps Red Lion?) is available here. Only one garden center that I know of carries these bulbs in very limited quantities and only seasonally. Also Royal Colors doesn't ship here. It will be interesting to see how I can grow my collection with these limiting factors.

Happy Gardening!


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Welcome to the forum! Im not sure of your customs laws but most seem ok with seed. I know there are lots of people on here including myself that freely share seed with others. In fact I have some that I could share with you right now if you would like. It may take a few years to get to blooming size, but in your climate you have a leg up and might be less time. Welcome!


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A second welcome to the forum..don't forget to post pictures of your flowers when they bloom!

Donna


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Thanks for the welcome guys.

Radar - I appreciate the offer but I don't think that I have the time and resources needed to fully devote to raising healthy seedlings. Thanks anyway.

Donna - I do plan on posting lots of pics. :)


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Ok. So two of my hippies bloomed and the three others have scapes. The Carmen is really Carmen I think. However, the Rilona is definately not. It most closely resembles Eos on the Emaryllis site. I'll see if I can upload some pics.


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Welcome to the forum :) I can't wait to see your pictures!


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Thanks Joshy.

Here is the first bulb to bloom. Is it Red Lion?

[IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v606/triniguy/Amaryllis/041911-1.jpg[/IMG]

This one followed a day after. It was supposed to be "Rilona" but it is definitely not. Could it be "Desire"?

[IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v606/triniguy/Amaryllis/041911-2.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v606/triniguy/Amaryllis/041911-3.jpg[/IMG]


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Thanks Joshy.

Alas, it seems that I'm not immune to mislabeling even all the way over here.

Here is the first bulb to bloom. Is it Red Lion?

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This one followed a day after. It was supposed to be "Rilona" but it is definitely not. Could it be "Desire"?

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Hi,

Well, I don't think your first flower is Red Lion..I don't have Carmen, so why do you think it's isn't? It seems to be a very nice dark red..as for the second one I don't think it's Desire..the shape of the flower is different,(from mine anyway) here is my Desire. Mine has a definite Salmon look to it with pink midribs..

Both of your flowers are lovely..and I'm sure someone can help you more than I can..you did a great job of loading your photos by the way..

Donna


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Hey Donna,

Thanks for the reply.

The first flower isn't as dark as I've heard Carmen described, but it definitely has the flower shape. The other red will bloom in a day or two, so I'll have that one to compare it to.

I took a wild guess with the second one. I think it most closely resembles Eos from the Emaryllis site. I hope someone can give it a proper ID.

Here is a bloom from Christmas Gift. The flower stems aren't that long and the flowers aren't that big. I've heard that these are the characteristics of this variety. Can someone confirm/ID this one as well, please?

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Hi guys. I know I haven't been very active, but I came her to shamelessly plug a blog that I have recently started. It's not an amaryllis blog, but a general gardening one, although amaryllises will be featured when they do happen to bloom. Have a look if you so desire. Thanks.

Here is a link that might be useful: Trini Garden


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Welcome triniguy! In Trinidad, you'll probably want to follow a similar schedule as Xuan does in the Philippines. She provides her amaryllis with a rest period by removing the bulbs from their pots, drying them a bit and then tucking them in a refrigerator so they have a simulated seasonal chill. In your environment, you may need to provide a little extra care.

I am also a collector of both orchids and hippeastrum/amaryllis.

-Tina


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Hi Tina.

I don't have much time to garden so I grow the amaryllises evergreen. I'll be happy for them to bloom whenever they are ready.

I mainly container garden. I have mostly phal-type dendrobiums and a couple of cattleyas and vandas. I am slowly growing my collection. I'll be updating the blog soon.

Here is a link that might be useful: Trini Garden


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