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That’s the amaryllis I bought? So you bought an amaryllis and it bloomed…that’s terrific! But wait you say, it doesn’t look like the picture on the label or catalog, or box kit, or…you get it…welcome to our world. Every season a substantial portion of amaryllis bulbs sold are incorrectly labeled. This might not be such a big deal if not for the fact that these are relatively expensive bulbs, which rightly raises the expectations for quality and labeling correctness.
The intent of this site is to photograph those Hippeastrum hybrids commercially available in the U.S. marketplace. Maybe now you can put a name on that mystery bulb!
The 2016-2017 season is here!
Marketed by Living Gardens as ‘Cherry Blossom’, it was no surprise that this turned out to be ‘Apple Blossom’ as the online catalog photo would have one believe. So why isn’t Emaryllis running back for a refund? Dutch wholesaler Floralia lists ‘Cherry Blossom’, which indicates a problem not of the retailers’ making.
Tagged as ‘Charmeur’, but the result is ‘Desire’. It seems pretty clear that wholesalers still use ‘Charmeur’ tags to sell bulbs, though it is likely a few years out of production.
At last, the elusive and alluring Hadeco hybrid ‘Thai Thai’ enters our gallery. Emaryllis is smitten with the uniquely dramatic opening sequence from bud to “balloon” to ruffled splendor!
Emaryllis has been growing (but never blooming!) ‘Amputo’ for years. Never quite ready to throw up the white flag, purchases continue to be made in high hopes of posting this enigmatic cultivar. Usually bulbs acquired are notably small and rootless. This year’s shipment of ‘Amputo’ from a West Coast supplier has yielded large, rounded and well rooted bulbs. Hmmm, so why is Emaryllis not too excited? It will be quite the surprise if they are truly ‘Amputo’. But what would they be then? Stay tuned for future posts!
It’s always tempting. ‘Scarlet Baby’ hasn’t been sold in the USA for years, yet the name and stock images are found once again on packaging in 2016. Recently, ‘Rapido’ has been the substitute of choice, but expect Emaryllis to report back soon with what suppliers are actually putting in the bag!
A Saad-Assaf cultivar that was almost imported in 2014 may be making its way to our domestic market via these fancy kits. This high end kit features a heavy ceramic cachepot and a heavy price tag to go with it. But will it really yield the elusive variety ‘Cutting Edge’ pictured when it blooms? Emaryllis will post as soon as it is known either way!
It happens every year. Emaryllis thinks that box kits are going passé, but those crafty marketers aren’t giving in. This season brings these beautiful kits from Van Bloem featuring a stylish hexagonal shape and artisticly rendered graphics. The pricing at retailers varies wildly on these, but the bulbs inside look good. So, yes Virginia, there will be box kit bonanza-ing once again this season!
Double trouble! At a local retailer the first boxes of bulbs are being put out, and to my amazement, the newest of the Amadeus clan is being sold. Not! The box shows us the new ‘Striped Amadeus’, yet the individual bulbs in the box are all labeled as the similar ‘Blossom Peacock’. For the Dutch wholesalers that may be close enough, but for those of us in the know, not so much. We shall see how our mail order ‘Striped Amadeus’ turns out later in the season. Update for November: I have seen same brand boxes filled with bulbs labeled as ‘Striped Amadeus’, so they do exist!
Welcome news! 2016 marks the first year that “plain” dry bulbs of Saad-Assaf varieties are being offered in the U.S. Van Bloem Gardens is the wholesaler bringing them to retail venues sans box kits this season. In addition to ‘Pink Pizzazz’, other cultivars were seen, including ‘Love Triangle’, and ‘Opal Star’.
They have arrived, and it seems almost certain that ‘Sweet Potato Pie’ will be identical to what is offered by several other suppliers as ‘Terra Mystica’. Time will tell, and findings will be reported ASAP. The bulbs have arrived with an honest labeling of 24/26mm claim size, so at least the fear of unusually small bulbs is quelled. Since they are a mid-size variety, this is not bad.
An apparent relation to van Geest’s ‘Terra Cotta Star’, and one of few new varieties to look forward to for 2016. The lack of bulb claim size and steep pricing of the “exclusive” offering is a little less exciting, but you know that Emaryllis will make the investment!
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