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2.2.06

Amaryllis Clearance Bulbs

I bought three bulbs on clearance from Target. Two of the bulbs exhibited signs of red blotch. I took a chance anyway, I guess I'm a sucker for plants that are 1.50. In the future I may try and resist the urge to buy bulbs from them because they were horrible. Two that were ID as White Lion turned out to be an Apple Blossom and a Red Lion. The Apple Blossom bulb began to rot after one watering, the pedals on the flower all exhibit this mosaic like wave to them. Since I don't know much about Amaryllis diseases I tossed it out soon after.

The second White Lion turned out to be a Red Lion. It too started to rot after the first watering, and continues to do so now. It has fallen out of the pot twice since I've had it and twice I've put it back in. I'm begining to think the bulb is trying to commit suicide, but since it won't stop flowering I keep putting it on life support. I just can't stand the thought of throwing it away while it is flowering. One of the blooms looked especially large on this Red Lion one day. I decided to turn it around and get a better view. I noticed that one flower was actually two fused together. If you look at the pictures provided you can see two pistils in the foreground and near the neck of the flower there is a third one that tried to grow but it fused itself to a pedal. The flower looks to be in pretty bad shape, but that's because it's fallen on it's face twice before I managed to take a pic.

My third clearance bulb seem to be doing better than the other two did. I think it was labeled as a Minerva but it isn't as colorful as the pics of Minerva I've seen on Google. So far no rot, or much to speak of and I've been very careful about watering it. I've tried to polinate it with the other red lion I have and I'll wait and see if I have any luck. I seen to be horrible at polinating, all of my attempts thus far has resulted in seed pods that turn to mush.
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