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    Default OK, so what’s this all about?

    It could be about potatoes and onions. I hope not, but it could be.

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    What’s included you say?

    How about: allium, alocasia, amaryllis, amorphophallus, arisaema, begonia, callas, cannas, colchicum, colocasia, crocus, dahlias, daffs, iris, lilies, scilla, tulips, xanthosoma ………… you get the idea.

    Anyway, I’ve always enjoyed growing these things probably because of where I live – the frozen north. So many of these come from much warmer parts of the world and it always seems so cool to be able to grow these during the summer and then stick them in the basement for the winter if they aren't hardy. The later is really important to me since I don’t have a GH or a lot of space to overwinter plants.

    I’ve experimented with a lot of different things over the years – had some complete failures, but really many seemed to do quite well for me. The last few years I’ve really become addicted to cannas, lilies and all those things people call Elephant Ears. Many of the EE plants do form some sort of tuber or rhizome that can be stored dormant though most of the winter. I did some experimenting with that this past winter. Only lost one plant.

    Enough said.

    How about you?

    Kev

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    In the past, when I had the time and space to grow plants other than orchids, I tried to grow Bulbs. But I found out that most of them can not survive the very wet and hot summer, except the Madonna Lily and Hippeastrum. After we moved, I can no longer grow other plants like I used to because of limited space but I was able to keep 4 pots of my Hippeastrums, the rest was given to my neighbours.

    I have:

    Hippeastrum Apple Blossom
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    a NOID
    another NOID with double petals

    Unfortunately, they are almost done blooming this year. The Red Lion is down to its second set of enflorescence.

    But here is a pic of some of the blooms I have cut for the dining table.
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    Those are pretty Tanya. I've found that amaryllis will last a really long time as cut flowers. Not sure why that is, but they do.

    I used to grow about 40 of these, but they just got to be a bit too much. In the winter, my house was filled with pots of these everywhere. I'm now down to 3 varieties and that works much better for me.

    K

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    Here in Hong Kong, these remained evergreen if I don't cut off the watering and feeding, But that doesn't mean they don't bloom if they are not given their rest period. What I do is to continue watering and feeding them but at longer intervals until late Jan or early Feb. Then just cut off the remaining leaves and stop the watering and feeding. By this time the leaves are looking very untidy anyway, so a good haircut will do the plant some good.

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    Anyone here ever grown fragrant amaryllis?

    My mother LOVES these plants and recently ordered a set of 3 huge bulbs of a kind that are supposed to be fragrant. Don't have a label or name to give you, sorry, but she let me take one as my shipping fee since she couldn't get the grower to ship hers directly to her in Alaska.

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    Fragrant Amaryllis? Hmm, this is something new to me. But then I haven't had any info regarding Amaryllis or Hippeastrum for a very long time.

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    Yes, there are fragrant amaryllis. Here's a pic of the one I have. It's called Peppermint Parfait and is one of the mini varieties. The fragrance only appears at certain times of the day, but is wonderful when it does. I bought this one many years ago and have not been able to locate it anywhere since. Maybe I have the last one?


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    That is really lovely. Mom's collection is many years old and they bloom every single year. I have never yet gotten one to rebloom. Ever. But I like them so much that I keep trying and have 4 now that are nice foliage plants every spring and summer to break up the western sun for the orchids .

    I just recently learned that I really do need to find a place to let them sit cold when dormant. Mom puts hers in her basement. I don't have a basement. Can I refrigerate them in my regular old fridge?

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    I'm really not sure of how cool these need to be stored during their dormancy. I don't think they need cold temps. Maybe considering what part of the county you're in, outside in the garage would be good enough.

    If you do decide to try the fridge and you have a frost free model, be careful. Since frost free refrigerators operate on the principle of pulling moisture out of the interior of the fridge (that's why they're frost free), they will also pull the moisture our of anything you store in them. I've heard stories of people having their bulbs severely dehydrated by this.

    Usually the main reason people can't get their amaryllis to rebloom is the same as with orchids - lack of enough light during their growth cycle. They really do need to be grown outside for the summer with as much sun as possible. They also like regular fertilizer during this period. I find it easiest to just take the entire plant out of the pot and plant it in the garden so the roots can roam free. They're a lot easier to take care of this way, since pots dry out so quickly.

    I leave mine out until early to mid October and then dig the entire plant and put the whole thing in an open paper bag. You must let the foliage ripen naturally before removing. Once all the foliage is brown and crispy, I take it off and store the bulb again in a paper bag. Do not use plastic, because the bulb can rot very easily.

    From the time the foliage turns brown, you then need to rest the bulb for between 3-4 months before starting it up again.

    Hope this helps.

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    Thanks, Kev! For some reason it would NEVER have occurred to me to plant these outside north of the Mason-Dixon.

    RSJ

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