Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hippeastrum 'Red Lion' x papilio

A hybrid of my own making! I'm thrilled. It's like I've given birth.
2 years ago I pollinated Hippeastrum papilio onto 'Red Lion." The cross produces a lot of seed, but only one grew. It grew very slowly the first year, making a bulb like a small pickling onion. Then last year, it zoomed. It produced a huge plant in a 3 gallon container. Here it is.

The satiny sheen is just like it's Momma.

Two to a stem, just like its Pappa. I think the back is just as pretty as the front. Looks a little like 'Ruby Star."

Here's Pappa.
 He decided to bloom last summer like this. Not much stem with the direct sunlight.

Here's Momma.
What a kick. I don't know if I'm brave enough to try hybridizing roses.

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