The balcony observer's 332th report- Reproduction (Amaryllis, Hippeastrum cultivar) 孤挺花/朱頂紅 繁殖

by Tsao T-F June. 29, 2021 271 views

The amaryllis on the balcony is in full bloom almost every year, but I don't get its seeds every time. Sometimes there is no pollination when it blooms, and sometimes they are eaten by birds for breakfast when it bears fruits. What will happen this year?

幾乎每年陽台的孤挺花都盛開,但我不是每次都能採收到它的種子。有時候開花時沒有授粉,有時候結果時被鳥當早餐吃了。今年會怎樣呢?

The amaryllis is in full bloom in spring on my balcony in Taichung, Taiwan. 春天時陽台的孤挺花盛開了。

The amaryllis is in full bloom in spring on my balcony in Taichung, Taiwan. 春天時陽台的孤挺花盛開了。

After the stamens maturing, the pistil also matured. But I did not see pollination. 接在雄蕊成熟之後,雌蕊也成熟了。可是一直沒看到授粉。

After the stamens maturing, the pistil also matured. But I did not see pollination. 接在雄蕊成熟之後,雌蕊也成熟了。可是一直沒看到授粉。

What should I do? I had no choice but to help them complete artificial pollination! 怎麼辦呢?只好我幫它們做人工授粉嘍!

What should I do? I had no choice but to help them complete artificial pollination! 怎麼辦呢?只好我幫它們做人工授粉嘍!

One month later, the fruit grew. This year I covered the two fruits with bags, so the two fruits were not eaten by birds. 一個月後,果子長成了。今年我用袋子覆蓋兩顆果子,所以兩顆果子沒有被鳥吃了。

One month later, the fruit grew. This year I covered the two fruits with bags, so the two fruits were not eaten by birds. 一個月後,果子長成了。今年我用袋子覆蓋兩顆果子,所以兩顆果子沒有被鳥吃了。

Withered flower 枯萎的花

Withered flower 枯萎的花

The capsule is three-lobed and split. 蒴果呈三葉,裂開了。

The capsule is three-lobed and split. 蒴果呈三葉,裂開了。

Black and flat seeds are neatly piled in six stacks. They seem to live in an apartment building. 黑黑扁扁的種子,整整齊齊堆成六疊。它們像是住在公寓裡。

Black and flat seeds are neatly piled in six stacks. They seem to live in an apartment building. 黑黑扁扁的種子,整整齊齊堆成六疊。它們像是住在公寓裡。

I took out one third of the seeds and spread them on paper. The large ones are normal and the number is small; the small ones are malnourished and the number is large. 我把三分之一的種子拿出來,攤在紙上。大的是正常的,個數較少;小的是營養不良的,個數較多。

I took out one third of the seeds and spread them on paper. The large ones are normal and the number is small; the small ones are malnourished and the number is large. 我把三分之一的種子拿出來,攤在紙上。大的是正常的,個數較少;小的是營養不良的,個數較多。

This was planted last year with the seeds harvested the previous year. I guess it will take three to five years to bloom. 這是去年時,用前年收成的種子種的。我猜它大概還要三到五年才會開花。

This was planted last year with the seeds harvested the previous year. I guess it will take three to five years to bloom. 這是去年時,用前年收成的種子種的。我猜它大概還要三到五年才會開花。

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Gethin Thomas 2 months, 3 weeks ago

This is a real labour of love. Thanks for sharing it. There is a tradition here to give amaryllis bulbs at Christmas. Many years ago I received one and followed the instruction to water it slightly and put in a warm dark place for a week. I completely forgot I had placed it in my airing cupboard. A month later I went to get something from the cupboard and was attacked by a huge white monster which fell on me. I had a real fright. Then I remembered the amaryllis. It was completely white and probably 60cm high so I placed it in the window and within a couple of days it went green and flowered soon after. Amazing plants.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Gethin Thomas 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Gethin, thanks for your feedback and let me know your interesting story. Since you put it in the dark, it is estimated that your flower stem may be a bit soft and unable to stand on its own. So, it fell down to attack you?
Anyway, I am glad you have experienced this magical flower. grinning
By the way, giving amaryllis bulbs at Christmas is not very common in Taiwan.

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Leon Linder 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Genealogy of a beautiful flower. Thank you again.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Leon Linder 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you, Leon. I like the word "Genealogy". It sounds like a very important thing. Thank you!

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Camellia Staab 2 months, 3 weeks ago

You have the patience of a saint and the best part is that we get the pleasure of watching your patience at work smile

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Tsao T-F Replied to Camellia Staab 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you, Camellia. Your friendly comment encourages me as always.smile

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