Sunday, October 5, 2008

In Bloom: Hippeastrum reticulatum var. striatifolium

Hippeastrum reticulatum var. striatifoliumHippeastrum reticulatum var. striatifolium is an amaryllis species with a white stripe down the center of each leaf. Flowers are smaller than typical hybrids, and the foliage is not necessarily deciduous for this one. I keep it with my young clivias, so its in pretty low light, but as some of you recall from my previous posts all other amaryllis are kept in near full sun. I don't actually know if this species can handle that much light, but given that it has flowered for me with two spikes on one bulb I'm betting it isn't necessary. I pollinated the two open flowers. Let's hope for seeds!

In other news, I gave the safety of my fingers a substantial risk today by man-handling the sour puss. I was trying to get him to hiss for the camera but it didn't work. Looks funny but needs an 'lolcat' caption...

3 comments:

amber said...

I love this bloom! Will you have any for sale? I know you said your hoping for seeds, but what about divisions?

SapphireChild said...

Hi Amber!

It already has a couple small offsets. If you want one I can pull one out after the seeds ripen (assuming that works out). I would rather not disturb it until then.

SapphireChild said...

Divisions of this hipp. now available at http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32845426