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Myth or reality

Posted by brigarif Lahore Pakistan (My Page) on
Sat, Dec 14, 13 at 10:12

Bulb pulls itself down.
Not true
Bill from Amaryllis study group once recommended placing a 4X4 tile under every bulb to prevent it from digging in.
I say it is not true. When we plant seedlings the small bulb is placed completely below the surface, it keeps growing below the surface and after three years when it blooms it is half to one inch below the surface.
A mature bulb in ground or pot produces bulb lets which keep growing below surface and over years they also produce bulb-lets which are even below the second generation. Once I visited a friend who had a pot of Papillio full of leaves which had never bloomed in many years. We opened up the pot and found it full of bulb lets down to half the height of the large pot.
This you may find in beds left untouched for years.
The bulbs in this picture were planted 4 years ago; they have not gone down at all.

From Misc 2013

Water from below,
Possible only if you have a few bulbs.
Water only when the soil is dry
Pots or ground, It is better to keep the soil moist all the time (my experience).
Dormancy is a must to ensure blooming
Not true; ever greens will bloom normally even if you do not force dormancy.
HEDCO advised to force a resting period of at least two months (by withdrawing water). This would be the time to do so but many of mine are growing new leaves, why should I stop watering?.

From Anaryllis 2013

Amaryllis does not require much soil to flourish
Root bound it to get blooms
Not true; bulbs in the ground grow much better than those in the pots.
Even in pots the bulbs in smaller pots don�t grow as well as those in larger pots.
The soil has been removed to show the size of bulbs,
Small shallow pot with four bulbs

From Anaryllis 2013

Large pot with 12 bulbs

From Anaryllis 2013

Standard 14 inch pot with 5 bulbs

From Anaryllis 2013

Mosaic virus bulbs should be destroyed
I don�t agree
Lemon Lime, confirmed diseased is doing very well and has increased from one to twelve over five years,

From Anaryllis 2013

Repeat blooming without chilling
Not true.
Bill (Amaryllis Group)Once suggested that you can get re-bloom by pulling the bulbs out keeping them out in shade for few days and replanting without cutting leaves after a specified period. I followed and lost many bulbs.
You can�t grow competition Amaryllis in hot climate as Yours (Hans)
I think it can be done, I am quite happy.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Myth or reality

Hi Arif,
Thanks for sharing your experience. I have a question. You say it is not true that you can get repeat blooming without chilling. Are saying that you won't get any flowering at all without chilling, or do you mean that you need chilling if you attempt to force them on a specific schedule?

RE: Myth or reality

A bulb is programmed to bloom at a specific time (March-April here in Lahore) once a year, you can get an early bloom by drying and chilling it, provided it has recovered and stored enough energy after last bloom.
This bulb will not bloom again at its normal time but will do so the next season.

RE: Myth or reality

I have always enjoyed Arif's input to our Gardenweb. I'll throw my minor experience in to possibly "qualify" some of his posting. I believe that the "species" that are crossed to produce the hybrids, mostly grown, have different cultural requirements. Esp regarding temperature, dormancy, planting media and whether a bulb does better totally above the soil or totally below the soil. These preferred growing conditions are also modified by level of light and humidity. I figure.. experiment, and find what works best for you. Example: I kept digging up and resetting my H. reticulatum(s) with at least half of the bulb above the soil. They never bloomed for me. It wasn't until I let the bulbs settle with the neck at, or slightly below, the surface of the soil that they started blooming for me. Other, such as H. papilio grows far better with most of the bulb above ground level. So... being a large genus, I figure they have different cultural requirements.

RE: Myth or reality

Bingo, I totally agree.

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