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Amaryllis bulbs sold as incorrect variety

A journey to exotic Thai Thai-land

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There are always photos of amaryllis cultivars floating around that stir desire among collectors, if for no other reason their lack of easy commercial availability. I’m not only talking about the countless images of cut flower varieties that are perennially

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Right out of the box, not so good

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Well, this was never meant to be a full-on box kit kind of season. Good thing, too. The results are in, and they do not speak well at all of the low end of the amaryllis market. So, here we

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The Thin Line

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One of the most perplexing cultivar groups in all Hippeastum-dom belong to the several selections flying under the name ‘Picotee’. Throw in a couple of other offerings  that work on similar ground (white with thin red piping) such as ‘President

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Let’s try a new dance, La Pango!

Emaryllis.com exists in large part due to the fact that amaryllis bulbs have been marketed and sold using names that often incorrectly represent the original and specific genetic variant that a breeder has sent forth into the bulb trade. Once a

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It’s a Jungle out there

  Three down, one to go. Out of four ‘Kahlua’ bulbs received from Royal Colors this season, not one has turned out to be true to name. The first was a total surprise, and a new cultivar to the eyes

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The Art of the Sale

Tsk, tsk. The same Florida company that sold ‘Nagano’ in place of ‘Solomon’ this season has done it again. Above we see the jaunty orange and white of the long familiar, unregistered variety that goes by the name ‘Lillystar’ in

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Clear as mud

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‘Kahlua’ is one of the smaller cut-flower cybister/spider type amaryllises that Royal Colors gamely offered aficionados this season. With its quiet cream and chestnut coloration, it probably wouldn’t sell in droves alongside its bolder brethren during the dull days of

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You’re no Daphne, Darling

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The quest to add the bold and richly shaded ‘Daphne’  to the site has not gone as had been hoped. Usually the newest cultivars to hit the market are usually available with correct labeling, but not this time out.

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“No name red” shows its true colors

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Ahh, the final box kit of the season. This purchased at a local full service nursery a week later than the ‘Minerva‘ ‘Mambo’ kit, just as the weather was getting quite chilly. Since they were outdoors, under a shed roof

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Another year, and no nearer to Vera

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Registered back in 1987, ‘Vera’ had been so ubiquitous in the trade that I never worried about securing one to photograph from the leisure of my own home. Until I tried. Through the 90’s it seemed that it was typically

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