Hippeastrum pollination fun time
So today I decided to see if I could cross two of my new amaryllis plants. The first one is an unknown double pink/salmon colored one (I bought one of those stupid gift boxes you see at home depot. It said it was supposed to be a nice bright pink. LIES. But I do like what I got instead) and the other is the classic “Red Lion”.
I was a little worried I wouldn’t be able to cross them at all because the double one completely lacked any reproductive structures(Surprise!). Upon some poking around I did manage to find a “petal” (I say that in quotes because I can’t remember if there is a term for anthers that have mutated into petals/petal like structures) that hadn’t completely formed and still had a trace of an anther growing on it which provided me with some pollen (I have no clue if it’s still viable pollen but why not try?).
I couldn’t really get a good picture of Red Lion but at any rate here are pictures of the parents.
The actual pollination event was nothing exciting. Just take a q-tip to the pollen and rub it on the stigma of the mother plant. In this case I had to do H. Unknown X Red Lion because Unknown didn’t have any female parts (due to the mutation that caused the reproductive organs to be petals instead). I can’t wait to see if something interesting results from this cross (but I’m not really getting my hopes up).