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Re: Amaryllis?? to Haemanthus albiflos

Haemanthus albiflos really sounds like a fun plant Brian. Would it be a real
hassle to send seed over the border?  I'd pay for it.


On Fri, 13 Dec 2002 11:26:46 -0500 CBRIAN <CBRIAN@attcanada.ca> wrote:

> > Brian, when do you bring them back inside? 
> Do you keep them growing
> > under lights after you bring them in and
> before they bloom?  I.e.- no
> > dry dormancy at all?  Any signs of them
> wanting to go dormant
> > (yellowing leaves disintegrating, etc.)?
> Marge
> The Hippeastrums are usually brought in mid
> -September to early October
> whenever frost threatens. The adults get a dry
> dormancy in a cool area of
> the basement until their flower buds skyrocket.
> The young offsets are
> usually separated and kept growing under
> lights. Some years an August
> drought or an early frost will assure an early
> dormancy.
> One of my favorite exotic amaryllyds, that any
> of the folks with children or
> grandchildren should be growing, is Haemanthus
> albiflos . . . the shaving
> brush plant. Gosh, its great for the little kid
> in all of us.
> Its white flower head, with a few hundred
> yellow stamens supported on a
> sturdy one foot stalk give it its common name.
> Flowers last for over a month
> indoors followed by attractive orange berry
> clusters. The chubby strapped
> leaves remain evergreen as long as it doesn't
> get nipped by a frost or
> burned in the early summer sun. They are in
> bloom right now  . . .
> incredibly for the third time this year.
> Propagation is easy by offsets,
> leaf cuttings or pearly seeds. Seed germination
> couldn't be easier. They
> will germinate on a kitchen window sill by
> themselves. . . no pot, no soil.
> If you can find them, they are sure worth
> growing. Grow your own shaving
> brushes.
> Brian Zn4a
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