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Satish
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Revathi said:

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Hi Revathi:

I can only hope that the 'story' you have heard is just that! However, if it were to come true, do I leave the 'bulbs' in the ground? Actually, that also brings me to the question about what to do with 'Rajnigandha' and Lily bulbs after blooming? How & when does one save them for the next season? Regards

Satish

Hi Satish

Bulbs are allowed to remain in their place until the leaves turn yellow which is a sign that they can be dug up and stored until the next year.  After you dig them up, wash them well  and dip them in 2% fungicide which could be bavastin or Kaptan.  Then air dry the bulbs in shade until the moisture completely evaporates and store them wrapped in newspaper in a dark cool place.  Please feel free to correct me if I am wrong, since I learnt this procedure from a friend and have no experience saving bulbs.!!

I had amaryllis lily and football lily for the last 4 years. I always let them remain in the pot - never dug them up. But I used to  stopp watering from Nov. to early Feb. in their dormancy.  Started watering in mid Feb. and they started growing again.  Now I have given them away as I needed the pots for my tomato plants. No experience with the other bulbs.  Hope this helps.

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Hi Revathi:

What colour were your amaryllis? Mine are all red and they are in 55 pots. I would love to have some in other colours. I have seen pictures of flowers in red & white stripes. Know of any sources? Initially, I thought growing flowers from bulbs was easy but am learning about the problems by experiencing them! Of the 21 bulbs of Rajnigandha that I planted, 16 did bloom eventually. The problem was that at any given time there was only one stalk in bloom or at best two! Glads are also behaving the same way. I planted 60 bulbs. 44 have sprouted. Only one stalk has flowered and the last flower thereon has bloomed. Flowering 'swords' have appeared on three more but are still a long way from flowering. Nothing on the others so far! For me this means that I must plant 'hundreds' of bulbs of each variety to have only a few bloom at any given time. Rather difficult. I have planted some lily bulbs too and waiting to see the results. Oh, before I forget, THANKS A LOT for the guidance regarding storing of bulbs.

Wish you & your family a very Happy New Year. Have fun!

Satish

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Per Revathi's advice or posts, I did cut the water for my lilly for about 1.5 months (mid Dec. 2010 till end Jan 2011). And now just about 3 weeks after I started watering again, as the summer approached here in Bangalore, hola!! here's the first flower stock that's growing about an inch or inch and half everyday.

This plant never stops surprising me. Practically, no need of much of feed or anything. Such a simplicity and what splendour and grandeur that means 3 to 4 palm sized bright red flowers on each stock. 2 to 3 stocks every summer from two bulbs. And small babies growing around.

End of this summer, I will be repotting. the original pot is already ovalled and might burst if I leave it for some more time.

MG

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March 1, 2011 - 4:51 pm

Are the female flowers browning and drying away before it opens up?  I am thinking there is a possibility of nutrient deficiency. Since it doesn't even open up. Pollination is out of question.

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Satish
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Hi MG:

I bet you have already forgotten about my promise to post a picture of my Amarylis once they bloom again. Well, here are the first of the season.

https://picasaweb.google.com/108184095189913552151/Amaryllis?feat=directlink

As I mentioned earlier, I seperated these bulbs and repotted them only last winter and fed them a little once they started sprouting. Now they are starting to send up flower stems! Some bulbs are even sending up two flower stems. Is this the flower you saw on the road side? I am asking because in one of the pots I also have the phenomenon where no leaves sprouted but a flower stem is coming up. Good for me! Regards.

Satish

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Hi MG:

After posting the pictures for you, I started wondering about why some bulbs were sending up 'few' leaves before producing the flowering stem. My thinking was that there must be a difference in the size of the bulb that was planted. I went up to the terrace hoping to be able to 'confirm' my thought process little realising the surprise that awaited me. The difference between plants that sent up more leaves and those that produced fewer was the depth at which the bulbs were planted! The ones that were planted deep (ca.4" below the surface) produced more leaves and in the long run produced more flowers too. Bulbs that were placed close to the soil-surface produced very few leaves and flowers too. The reason for this could be that bulbs near the surface lot much more water in the hot sun and needed to reduce transpiration through leaves. Anyway, I have come to the conclusion that placing the bulbs deep into the soil will give you more flowers and healthy plants too thus leading to healthier bulbs for the next season. I also get the feeling that bulbs that were very small are unlikely to flower. I therefore believe that when buying bulbs for any plant one must only go for those that are  large irrespective of what the shopkeepers tell you! I shot some pics to show the diffence.

https://picasaweb.google.com/108184095189913552151/NewAmaryllis?authkey=Gv1sRgCOr8rueptaiNoAE&feat=directlink

Hope I have been able to explain myself. Regards.

Satish

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March 31, 2011 - 8:02 pm

Hello every one.
I think i have the same plant. take a look here

https://picasaweb.google.com/111339169415239870112/Ornamental#

Is not it ? I bought it as lily.

It is with me from 5 years. 2years ago i took of 1 lily with leafs and put in a separate pot. The original pot has so many lilies but now flower doesnt grow. But new plant blooming flower for second time. This flower grows yesterday. I just water it. Use vermicompost for the first time 3weeks ago.. And it.s doing fine.

But what about the parent pot. It has so many lilies but dont flower. It was flowering fine at starting. When the pot is full , it stop flowering. Should i separate the lilies in different pots to provide it more space, so that it grow flower ? Or any thing else ?

 

@satish what growing medium are you using of light brown in picture ? and therse are normal polybags or something else you are using as pots ?

Thankx.

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Hi Amit:

It sure is a glorious Amaryllis you have there! It is not a Lily. I do think the other pot is very overcrowded. Try repotting them. It is very simple. I use a mixture of soil, sand and manure for these bulbs. I use 'leaky' discarded sacks which I get from our grocery supplier. In these there is no drainage problem. I now have almost a 100 of these with Amaryllis made by seperating and repotting bulbs. Have fun. Regards.

Satish

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March 31, 2011 - 8:39 pm

hello satish

today i know right name of one of my plant. thanks.

 i will also try this sacks. hope this will solve my drainage problem.

1more quetion:

what is manure actually? is it well dried cow dung or well compost cow dung or anything else ?

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Satish,

Very glad to see your Amaryllis pics. And guess what, it's exactly the same plant as mine. And yes, the one I saw last summer by the road was also same but smaller and different shade of colour. From my childhood, when these stocks used to sell at the florists, I always thought this a lilly and am in search for shades of it ever.

Mine, there have already been 4 stocks already this season from all different bulbs in the pot. The biggest one has literally popped out of the ground now. Surely need to repot them. I liked your observation; but these plants grow wild by themselves, I don't think they adapt to the shape of the pot or anything. They just grow if they like the conditions nd are able to flower regularly every summer.

Amit, I have potted mine in plane red soil. No fuss. I don't even remember how often and when I have fed them. They are extremely low maintenance plants. But crowding of bulbs in one pot can certainly be problematic.

MG

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Hi mgardener:

Do you have any colours other than red? I am looking for striated red & white! Yes these are very low mantenaince plants. For years I did not take any care and they still bloomed. But seperating & repotting last year has made a whale of a difference to the size and number of blooms this year. After repotting when the new leaves started emerging I fed them some NPK once in a while. It has really paid off. In any case I think you guys in Bangalore are lucky in that everything grows there all the year round!! Regards.

Satish

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Hi everyone,

New to this forum. Needed info regarding some Lily bulbs(which kind,don't know) .I bought these in Delhi last year and planted in pots in mid Oct. The plants were quick to grow tall and flowered in December/Jan. Flowers wilted after 10 days or so. In March ,the plants turned brown and died. What do I do with the bulbs now? Little green leaves are sprouting now which are not like the actual thick leaves .Have stopped watering the plants. Any advice is welcome. What is the season for lilies in North India?...

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The bulbs are usually grown in the winter. You can dig the corms/bulbs and them store it for winter. some people even refridgerate them.

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