I just joined this forum a few days ago and have to find my way around still. Firstly I have been growing Clivias for about 10 years. They are grown under the shade of large trees and the special mature plants and most seedlings are grown in four shade houses. I have been growing bulbous plants from the Amaryllidaceae family from my home country South Africa for about 20 years and since extended the collection to bulbs from all over the world. I will post some of the plants that flowered recently and hope you will enjoy them. Here is one of my Brunsvigia orientalis flowers a few weeks ago.
These bulbs are gorgeous, Heinie.This bulb family does very well in Sydney but these ones are rare here. I recently saw a cross between Amaryllis and Brunsvigia that apparently grows very well here and I hope to grow it one day. Deirdre
Deirdre, I have a few 2 and 3 year old seedlings of Amaryllis Belladonna x Brunsvigia orientalis and reverse as well and also 2 and 3 year old seedlings of Amaryllis Belladonna x Brunsvigia litoralis. It is interesting to observe the upright growing leaves on the last cross because both parents have upright leaves. The first cross above is a mix of narrow and broad leaves and some flat and some upright leaves. I made a cross of Amaryllis Belladonna x Brunsvigia radulosa this year and will be planting the seeds soon. The seeds are also a mix of sizes like the parents. Heinie
thanks for sharing your photos - sounds as though you have a great collection - look forward to seeing more pics - I certainly am not bored. Love all the different bulbs.
They are truly amazing flowers and I hope that one day we will see them growing here. You must be a great expert on these plants, Heinie!
Oh how I would love to grow some Brunsvigia and enjoyed looking at your photos. This bulb is very hard to come buy in Australia. I look forward to more pictures.
Thank you Peggy I have 3 Brunsvigia orientalis bulbs flowering now. If anybody would like some seeds of the Brunsvigia orientalis I am happy to pollinate some flowers and send the seeds to one person in Australia to re-distribute there to other members who would like seeds. I have a Brunsvigia radulosa flowering now too. I will post a photo here soon. I will cross the above 2 Brunsvigia species with Amaryllis Belladonna and reverse cross them too. I do this cross every year for the past 3 years and the bulbs grow well. There may be some of the seeds from the crosses too. Watch this space for many photos to follow.
Here is a photo taken this morning of the same Brunsvigia orientalis in the first photo above when it flowered last year. There are at least 15 more flowers this year. [IMG]http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o149/loevenstein/IMG_4198.jpg[/IMG]
Hi Heinie, The Brunsvigia orientalis are a magnificent plant. I love bulbs, they are such hard working little things and produce such fantastic blooms with not too much effort. Amazing how you are able to pollinate and cross them back and forwards and get good results. Here in Australia,the Brunsvigia orientalisa is usually not available. I would be happy to receive any seeds and distribute them to other members.
Thanks for your photos Heinie, I always enjoy them...