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richard.spicer.7906

St Albans based, career changer and studying Horticulture. Bulb addict, South African plant fan and converted succulent lover

Hippeastrum 'Minerva'

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richard.spicer.7906

Update on my #hippeastrum seedlings. Front tray was first batch sown, then back tray was down about a month later so not quite as advanced. Had a bit of a problem with the latter as I forgot to put the shower cap over the tray to keep the humidity in and I lost a few seedlings. But plenty still there - hopefully looking good Judy 😊 @ripjuju #amaryllis #hippeastrum-seed #hippeastrum-advice #seedling #challengeyourself

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jyotu

Wow

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lisa868

Just wondering how your agapanthus seedling you did a couple of years back turned out, I had a flower on one of mine for the first time, I’m going to stick mine back in the greenhouse for the winter as they are still very spindly.

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jeatacake

That's brilliant Rich 👍 It'll be interesting to see how fast they grow next year.

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richard.spicer.7906

Amazing aren't they @jyotu - I never thought to grow them by seed, very easy too

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richard.spicer.7906

They are coming on well, I lost one this year unfortunately - had some problems with rotting but I blame my polytunnel for that. The others have been repotted up into larger pots, only 2 have flowered for the first time this year but I'm hopeful next year they will all be big enough to flower. Still in terracotta pots too @lisa868

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richard.spicer.7906

Trick is to not let them go dormant yet, they are too small so I've been keeping them watered and will carry on through winter. Then next year they might be big enough to force dormancy @jeatacake

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jyotu

It seems hard but its very easy @richard.spicer.7906

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ripjuju

@richard.spicer.7906 looking good. Like to see the children growing nicely. 😉

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ripjuju

@richard.spicer7906 So how are the little seedlings hope they are doing well. Would love an update.

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richard.spicer.7906

Hi Judy 😄 hope you are well. Little babies are all doing well. Have given them a recent feed, decided to not let them go dormant and some have now got a little bigger. Still just two leaves on most of them. No new losses since the last post which is good 😊👍🏼 @ripjuju

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richard.spicer.7906

And today - 9th June 2018, all potted up and developing into little baby amaryllis bulbs, I’ve been keeping them all very lightly moist but have plenty of sand and grit mixed into the potting mix to keep it light and airy 👍🏼 #hippeastrum #amaryllis #hippeastrum-seed #hippeastrum-advice #seedling

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cyndi

So happy you had so much success

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ripjuju

@richard.spicer.7906 looking good!

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AlisaJ

So cool! Thanks for sharing all your pics as really interesting to see how they’ve progressed 👍🏼

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pelly

Brilliant, good luck 🙏👍👍

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joanboston

Well done Richard! Not easy I’m sure

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kathy

👌🏻👏🏻

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columbiariver

Great to know. You make it all look easy Rich.

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fuschia

Ooh well done you. You have been busy 🐝🐝

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gauravsh6

So how you getting bulbs. Are they division from existing plants

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richard.spicer.7906

Bad choice of my original word, ‘bulblets’ @gauravsh6 - I meant bulb - changed it now. As the seedling grows it starts to develop its reserve organs below the soil to form the bulb. You can get offsets too from bulbs but I wanted to try them from seed too 👍🏼

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jeatacake

Great results Rich 👌 Just need a good bit of patience now to see them flower.

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richard.spicer.7906

28th May 2018 - results of first tranche. Kept back half of them just to be safe in case I wanted to try another method. Amaryllis sprouts!! 👍🏼😀 #amaryllis #hippeastrum #hippeastrum-seed #hippeastrum-advice #seeds @ripjuju

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mattiebe

Well done.

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ripjuju

Woo hoo 🌹🌺🌱🌱

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valjones-hughes

Keep us informed. Looks really exciting!

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godfreye

Wow fingers crossed 🤞

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kathy

Brilliant

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fuschia

Interesting.......👍

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cheshire

Brilliant good luck ,keep us up to date x

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moorna

Exciting to follow the process! Good luck, looks good 💪

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks @mattiebe 👍🏼 - fingers crossed i can keep them going

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks everyone, will post updates later in the year 😊👍🏼 @ripjuju @valjones-hughes @godfreye @kathy @fuschia @cheshire @moorna

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richard.spicer.7906

Apologies, I think I lost your comment on this one last night as I accidentally had to repost the original photo, but don’t worry I read it in my notifications - thank you 🙏🏼 @cyndi

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richard.spicer.7906

6th May 2018 - did some research, and on YouTube there is a guy called "The Amaryllis Man', and he's passionate about.... yep you guessed it - Amaryllis! His advice for the best technique to germinate #hippeastrum #seeds is to simply float them on water and leave them to sprout for a couple of weeks - so that's precisely what I did ☺️ #hippeastrum-advice #hippeastrum-seed #amaryllis @ripjuju

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cyndi

I had this experiment on my page to do this. Im glad you had success xoxo

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fuschia

Oh wow !

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Cyndi! Definitely worth trying, it’s easier than I thought it would be @cyndi

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richard.spicer.7906

A bit late in posting, not been around much lately, but would like to thank Judy @ripjuju for sending me these #hippeastrum seeds back in late April to try. I'm always looking to challenge myself in new skills, and have had positive success (pics to follow) - thank you so much Judy 😊🙏🏼 #gtfriendsrock #challengeyourself #seeds #igotmail #amaryllis

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richard.spicer.7906

Were these from your Minerva/Star of Holland bulbs Judy or a different variety? @ripjuju

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ripjuju

@richard.spicer.7906 I believe so. Yes, I'm trying to picture them on the stem I'm fairly certain they are. ☺ you're welcome.

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richard.spicer.7906

Ah, thanks Judy - I’ve renamed the plant I’d, I’m sure they will look wonderful in a few years time 🌸 @ripjuju

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