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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 2:21 pm 
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Hi All, I was stunned today to go downstairs to do my watering and see my Gethyllis grandiflora blooming....I know it is a bit confused as it has been growing all winter and is blooming now, but I'll take it!! This is my first ever Gethyllis bloom and I was not convinced I had any chance growing these under lights in the basement to see this :D Dan

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 3:30 pm 
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Heinie, if you see this, could you please pass the pic around and try to confirm the ID for me....all the pics I see of G. grandiflora are pure white and this is far more beautiful than that (for me anyway) so I want to see if I can get a for sure ID on this beauty!! I'll send the pic to the person I got it from as well as they are experts on these sorts of things :D Dan

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 8:29 pm 
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Hi Dan:

Very nice flower plus leaves! They are really doing well under you care.

Do you have any luck with the Brunsvigia grandiflora imported last year? Mine doesn't have a single leaf so far.....

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 8:36 pm 
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Hi Zhenning,

Thanks, I was really excited to see it bloom as you can imagine :shock:

Unfortunately, no my Brunsvigia did not grow last summer and I simply put them in the basement with no water for the winter....I hope that since last summer they got plenty of rain and now had a dry dormancy that will get them on a decent cycle once we get warm and I can start watering them again this summer......we shall see. I also talked with one other person that ordered 4 of those last year from SA and his have not grown either...he is in southern CA where the weather should be perfect for them so that is not the best news I suppose. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed :D Dan

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 9:08 pm 
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wow. coolest plant I've seen in a while. It looks unlike anything else- almost like you put it together with a couple random things from a craft store! I read the flowers only last 2 or 3 days, I'm interested to know if it's true or not.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 9:25 pm 
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Hi Dan:

Thanks for update. I did water mine few times over the winter, I can tell the Brunsvigia shows some root growing activity during the winter, as several new roots are now came out of drain hole... I hope some leaf growthing later this year, keeping finger crossing as you do...

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:53 am 
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Hi Kato, Yeah, it sort of looks like one of those straw flowers you see glued on to cacti in all the big-box stores!! I've also heard these are very short-lived flowers so I'll let you know.

Yu, I think I will start watering pretty soon to see if I can get them to want to grow.....there is no rot at all so I'm pretty confident.....I've actually had some bulbs from SA stay dormant for 2 years before they grow (and others never do) so hopefully this is the year for them :D Dan

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 1:09 pm 
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That is one very neat plant! Looks like one I'd take on since like the unusual.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 2:34 pm 
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Dan,

Absolutely stunning.

The colour is confusing because I only know them to be cream with orange throat. I sent a photo to a knowledgable person at IBSA to identify. I will let you know when he replies to my email.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 6:47 pm 
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luv2grdn......this is definitely one of the strange ones....the advice I got when I got my first Gethyllis a few years ago was almost never water during its winter growing season and absolutely no water during dormancy......so, if you want something that rarely needs water and is a winter grower this is a lovely plant to try :)

Heinie, On day 2 the lovely pink is being lost as it becomes more of the white that is typical, but the pink flush is still there, just not so spectacular. I would guess it is G. grandiflora, but perhaps I caught the flower at the right time before it fades.....there are so few pics of the flowers of this lovely species on the internet that I would hate to guess based on that....I did send the pic to a person in SA that I have purchased bulbs from and hope to hear back from him as well. Obviously, although I've had the bulb for a couple of years it seems confused and is blooming a bit out of season.....or that is what it wants to do in cultivation in zone 6 under grow lights in my basement.....not much to compare it to in that respect. I look forward to hearing what your friend has to say :D Dan

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:50 pm 
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Dan,

Dr Alan Horstman, a well respected committee member at IBSA, confirmed that your plant is definitely Gethyllis grandiflora. He wishes to congratulate you on the growing of this bulb.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 7:00 pm 
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Thanks Heinie!! I'm glad the ID was correct and I appreciate the good words from your friend as well :D Dan

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