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By Sandra Holloway on May 28, 2011

Over the past few weeks I have started Hippeastrums from seed. There are two methods that I have learned on how to start them. The first method is to float them in water and the second is to start them in soil. The seeds will not grow into a mature blooming flower for 3-4 years.

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May 30, 2011 10:43 AM CST
Your article showed up on the front page of the newsletter! Great job and information. I find the pics really help in explaining. I will be following your progress~
May 30, 2011 11:47 AM CST
Name: Sandra Holloway
Thank you , Fearadyn, that is awesome! We just had a brand new seed pod split open!!
Sandra :)
May 31, 2011 12:00 PM CST
Name: Lee
Willis, Texas
Hello Sandra....enjoyed your article! I would comment that I've found that if you float the seeds as soon as the pod splits open,....the gemination rate is exceptional and quicker than "dried" seeds. I've been propagating hippeastrums from seed this way for several years and was finally able to see my 1st adult grown from seed - bloom this year! Lee
Jun 5, 2011 4:19 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
What a fascinating article! Thank you SO much! Thumbs up
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Jun 5, 2011 10:30 PM CST
Name: Sandra Holloway
Thank you so much, Tweedle Dee...I'll have to try that...floating before drying and see how it works out!!

Vic, thank you very much :)

I am happy to see people reading it!
Sandra :)
Feb 22, 2013 12:36 PM CST
Name: Becky Sewell
upstate NY, USA

I've cross-pollinated a number of different amaryllis cultivars in the past but never knew of rooting them on water - FANTASTIC!!! I just floated a half-dozen last-summer's seeds to see if they're still any good. Bought several new bulbs last spring and when they bloomed I just had to see what they'd do if crossed... We'll see!

I have 2 or 3 LaForest Morton (bright pink), 1 Rilona (light orange), 1 Limona (soft yellow-green; young, hasn't bloomed yet), 1 Blossom Peacock (pink & white), 1 Gervase (big fluffy pink), 1 Princess (white w/red streaks).

Right now I have a H. papilio in a south window sprouting a bloom-stalk at least a foot tall - and just found another bud barely starting to come up from the bulb! I will definitely self-pollinate these, so anyone wanting some pure H. papilio seeds may contact me. My big plastic pot of papilio bulbs has multiplied over the last several years and now are in danger of cracking the pot. They have not gone dormant for the last few years, but still bloom every year!

I would love to trade for starts of Milady, Peach Blossom, and a true yellow: fresh seeds or young bulbs. What do you have??? (I also grow Hoyas and would love to swap cuttings!) I'm in upstate NY (northern end of Cayuga Lake)... anybody close by?

Becky Sewell

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