Sunday, February 22, 2009

"Ruby Meyer" mystery

Branching out from those beloved big-blooming Dutch hybrids, I thought that I'd try a different kind of amaryllis: cybister "Ruby Meyer." The red flowers look like narrow tongues of flame.

But there's a mystery. Where are the plant's leaves? I've read that cybister types don't throw out many leaves. But none? How will this bulb rebuild its strength during the spring and summer? I've also learned that I didn't need to chill the bulb prior to planting. Could that enforced dormancy dampened the bulb's vigor?

Clearly, this is more than just an amaryllis with skinny petals.

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