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Kristi's right - Apple Blossom rules!

Posted by e36yellowm3 7 Raleigh, NC (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 2, 10 at 21:48

My really big Apple Blossom - at 2 1/2 feet tall it's towering over everything else!

From Spring 2010

From Spring 2010

Last year it sent up two smaller scapes at the same time. I think I liked that better - anyone know why a bulb sometimes sends up two scapes at the same time and how to make it happen? Alana

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RE: Kristi's right - Apple Blossom rules!

Alana, I'm just copying from another Thread I posted in:

"Clare, the idea behind saying Hippeastrum need a certain amount of leaves to flower is that the flowering buds are predetermined to develop in the leaves' axis and not any axis but the one between a "normal" leaf and a "semisharing" leaf. These leaves come up regularly after three normal leaves and are on the same side as the leaf before, normally the leaves come pairwise left and right.
So per 8 leaves you should get 2 flower stakes ...
So in order to have a bulb flower of course lots of leaves are needed, but! the flower stakes we see have been developed in an axilary bud that has been there for some time. Then in the dormant period these buds are developed into flowering scrapes and they leave the bulb once the temperatures go up.
So your bulbs will still have some of these buds that will turn into flowers but aren't old enough.

So if you want a flower now badly, you might even go with the company's advice. But if you want your bulbs to do fine in future time, (perhaps they'll flower if you put them outside when the weather's fine, they get the change of cold night temperatures and develop the buds) you'll better care for your plants the best way possible now.
I'd repot them, often the problem is too moist soil that won't dry out fast enough."

Your Apple Blossom is georgeus, I hope you'll get more scrapes in the next season. You should put her in direct sunlight, perhaps get the plant outside once the weather is better and feed regularly.

Here is a link that might be useful: Shriveled Bud on Amaryllis?

RE: Kristi's right - Apple Blossom rules!

Hi Klotz, thanks for the info and link. I should have been more specific in my question - I always get two scapes from this Apple Blossom, but in years past I got them at the same time. This year it seems to be sending up one then waiting for the other. I wondered what the cause of that is, and if there's any way to effect if two scapes will come at the same time, or one after another. Perhaps taking it out of dormancy later?


RE: Kristi's right - Apple Blossom rules!

That could help, I think big, well fed and firm bulbs can stay in dormance for a longer time than those of smaller speciemen, up to 10 weeks or even a bit longer (often it's also a question if you have the time and space for them). Bottom heat could also improve the development of the scrapes at once.

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