Hippeastrum Crosses 2012
My collection of Hippeastrum from previous years are finally starting to bloom. Actually only one of them is blooming right now. I haven’t seen a bloom so this is still a big deal for me. The plants name you might ask? Hippeastrum ‘Gilmar’. I got the bulb for a buck a few years ago after Christmas, got a bloom off it and then it just kind of never did anything (mostly because I never gave it enough light). Well now it’s blooming for me! I forgot how beautiful the flowers are.
I love how they’re red, white and green. I’m not sure I’m familiar with another one that is so vibrantly colored.
So by now you’re probably (not) asking what did I cross this with if I have nothing else blooming? Well I’ll tell you! I saved some pollen from my H. ‘Red Pearl’ that bloomed earlier this winter.
I’m hoping I can get a seedling that has the same white and green but with a much darker red. I’m not holding my breath for anything show stopping but if I don’t try I’ll never know! I’ve got another plant getting ready to bloom, it’s unlabeled and I don’t remember what color it is but I’m sure I’ll save some pollen from this one and try and cross it with what ever my unknown one is.
On a slight aside, if you’re wondering how I saved the pollen I just picked a couple anthers and refrigerated them