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#1 User is offline   lazearus 

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Posted 21 October 2015 - 07:07 PM

Day 252 (Day 1 = 12/2/2015) - 'Hawaiian Red Currant' Tomato

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a29/chypmunk/Garden/5D71D4FF-1455-4F1C-AB83-620015E10811.jpg

One of the two suckers I decided to root in soil has finally fruited! Without any help in pollination. I think the main factor which allowed for it to fruit was/is the direct sunlight from late morning all the way to early evening.

Hippeastrum 'Dancing Queen'

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a29/chypmunk/Hippeastrums/Dancing%20Queen/52EED4F8-07BA-4795-9F9D-4EAB26DFC06F.jpg

Photo taken on 21/10/2015. Its has been close to 11 months since I first got it. I know I'm gonna jinx it, but I'm too excited hahaha. Crosses fingers. Will touch a lot of wood later. I didn't force dormancy. Plant is under full direct sunlight from dawn to dusk, watered twice a day, sprayed fish emulsion extract once a week, with blooming slow-release fertilizer applied around once a month.
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Posted 21 October 2015 - 09:27 PM

View Postlazearus, on 21 October 2015 - 07:07 PM, said:

Day 252 (Day 1 = 12/2/2015) - 'Hawaiian Red Currant' Tomato

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a29/chypmunk/Garden/5D71D4FF-1455-4F1C-AB83-620015E10811.jpg

One of the two suckers I decided to root in soil has finally fruited! Without any help in pollination. I think the main factor which allowed for it to fruit was/is the direct sunlight from late morning all the way to early evening.

Hippeastrum 'Dancing Queen'

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a29/chypmunk/Hippeastrums/Dancing%20Queen/52EED4F8-07BA-4795-9F9D-4EAB26DFC06F.jpg

Photo taken on 21/10/2015. Its has been close to 11 months since I first got it. I know I'm gonna jinx it, but I'm too excited hahaha. Crosses fingers. Will touch a lot of wood later. I didn't force dormancy. Plant is under full direct sunlight from dawn to dusk, watered twice a day, sprayed fish emulsion extract once a week, with blooming slow-release fertilizer applied around once a month.


11 months wait to see a peep.
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Posted 21 October 2015 - 09:38 PM

View Poststhh, on 21 October 2015 - 09:27 PM, said:

11 months wait to see a peep.



Oh no, I meant it took 11 months for a rebloom. Here's the blooms on the first (or second?) stalk on 17th Dec 2014:

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a29/chypmunk/Hippeastrums/Dancing%20Queen/9E8FB5BA-D856-46DE-ADDE-BDA31603F262.jpg
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Posted 21 October 2015 - 10:03 PM

Beautiful. And keeping that bulb alive must have been a great achievement
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Posted 21 October 2015 - 10:06 PM

View Poststhh, on 21 October 2015 - 10:03 PM, said:

Beautiful. And keeping that bulb alive must have been a great achievement


Haha thanks. You can consider getting one or two during your Taiwan trip to try out haha. But they bloom like only once a year tho. Maybe rainlilies would be more worthwhile since they can keep blooming throughout the year.
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Posted 21 October 2015 - 10:07 PM

I am planning to get tuberose. You want some?
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Posted 21 October 2015 - 10:39 PM

View Poststhh, on 21 October 2015 - 10:07 PM, said:

I am planning to get tuberose. You want some?


I'll pass, thanks! My mum doesn't want me to grow those because the scent reminds her of dead things.
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Posted 22 October 2015 - 09:25 AM

View Postlazearus, on 21 October 2015 - 10:39 PM, said:

I'll pass, thanks! My mum doesn't want me to grow those because the scent reminds her of dead things.


Then I should get some for halloween, lol.
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Posted 24 October 2015 - 03:14 PM

Hawaiian Red Currant
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a29/chypmunk/Garden/31F85F62-8D26-42D6-B295-2B9B6CD7CD1D.jpg

Tasty and flavourful! Tasted a bit like Japanese soy sauce on a salad haha. Yummy. Supposed to harvest two, but the second one disappeared. The birds had less patience than me and decided to snag it first.
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Posted 24 October 2015 - 04:07 PM

View Postlazearus, on 24 October 2015 - 03:14 PM, said:

Hawaiian Red Currant

Tasty and flavourful! Tasted a bit like Japanese soy sauce on a salad haha. Yummy. Supposed to harvest two, but the second one disappeared. The birds had less patience than me and decided to snag it first.


u are now into edibles instead of exotics?



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Posted 24 October 2015 - 05:10 PM

View Postislaverde, on 24 October 2015 - 04:07 PM, said:

u are now into edibles instead of exotics?


Haha I was growing edibles in the office, but they couldn't fruit due to the lack of sunlight. So I brought cuttings home to plant instead. In the meantime, I'm watching my hippies grow, praying for them to send up scapes.
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Posted 01 November 2015 - 08:56 AM

Hippeastrum 'Dancing Queen'

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a29/chypmunk/Hippeastrums/Dancing%20Queen/691A7722-6066-41CF-8480-60F6767CD981.jpg

Please don't abort please don't abort!
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Posted 01 November 2015 - 01:02 PM

View Postlazearus, on 01 November 2015 - 08:56 AM, said:

Hippeastrum 'Dancing Queen'

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a29/chypmunk/Hippeastrums/Dancing%20Queen/691A7722-6066-41CF-8480-60F6767CD981.jpg

Please don't abort please don't abort!


This I believe are just new leaves that will eventually form a bulb? Won't flower until the bulb is mature right?
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Posted 01 November 2015 - 02:28 PM

View PostGreyfingers, on 01 November 2015 - 01:02 PM, said:

This I believe are just new leaves that will eventually form a bulb? Won't flower until the bulb is mature right?


Haha nah, this thing that comes out of the bulb from the side has a nocked tip is a flower scape.

The picture makes the bulb look tiny, but it's actually the size of a turnip. It's a mother bulb I bought from Royal Colours in Nov last year.
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Posted 02 November 2015 - 11:20 PM

EGGCITEDDDD TOOOOOO SEEEEEE :)/>)))))) it probably won't abort bah, since it's cooler now I guess? :)/>
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Posted 03 November 2015 - 08:54 AM

View Postglenn tan, on 02 November 2015 - 11:20 PM, said:

EGGCITEDDDD TOOOOOO SEEEEEE :)/>/>)))))) it probably won't abort bah, since it's cooler now I guess? :)/>/>



OMG! WELCOME BACK! Long time no see man. Hahaha exams are over?

Saw your pretty blue and white morning glory bushes haha. They look really nice and healthy!

Haha I'm afraid of the incoming monsoon season with its excessive rains. But plant/bloom should be fine, since I potted my hippies like orchids. There's a crazy percentage of perlite in my potting mix haha.

Haha how did your pollination attempts earlier this year go? Any luck?
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Posted 12 November 2015 - 10:29 AM

Hippeastrum 'Dancing Queen'

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a29/chypmunk/Hippeastrums/Dancing%20Queen/A2DEEF33-351E-43CD-BD76-7FEF0D6B3310.jpg

Boomz! It should flower within a week. I wonder how many blooms are inside this scape sia.
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Posted 14 November 2015 - 09:35 AM

Hippeastrum 'Dancing Queen'

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a29/chypmunk/Hippeastrums/Dancing%20Queen/9C977E7B-F042-486F-B5A5-6E7E530ACFB3.jpg

Photo taken this morning. 2 flower buds. First one should flower by tomorrow. Whoop Whoop!
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Posted 14 November 2015 - 09:56 AM

View Postlazearus, on 14 November 2015 - 09:35 AM, said:

Hippeastrum 'Dancing Queen'

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a29/chypmunk/Hippeastrums/Dancing%20Queen/9C977E7B-F042-486F-B5A5-6E7E530ACFB3.jpg

Photo taken this morning. 2 flower buds. First one should flower by tomorrow. Whoop Whoop!



Do take some photos when it flowers. Thumb's up!
Btw, how long does it takes from planting to flowering? May bring back some bulbs from my trip to Taiwan next month.

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 10:29 AM

View PostDarren Tan, on 14 November 2015 - 09:56 AM, said:

Do take some photos when it flowers. Thumb's up!
Btw, how long does it takes from planting to flowering? May bring back some bulbs from my trip to Taiwan next month.


Haha I will, thanks!


Hmm it depends on the hybrid. A few of mine began putting forth scapes while still in the parcel during their 19-day trip via post across the globe, whereas this 'Dancing Queen' began putting forth a scape within a week of planting + exposure to sunlight + moisture. Got this useful info from a Glenn, a fellow forumner: If forced dormancy via chilling in the fridge is used, a bulb would take roughly 6 weeks from waking to bloom.

I would assume from appearance of scape to bloom would take roughly 2 weeks.

If you intend to buy hippies, I would recommend 'Dancing Queen' and 'Aphrodite', as I read that people in the US have had experience of these two hybrids blooming multiple times a year.

Here are some pictures I took of this bulb when I first got it last year.

26/11/2014
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a29/chypmunk/Hippeastrums/Dancing%20Queen/Photo26-11-1482436AM.jpg

9/12/2014
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a29/chypmunk/Hippeastrums/Dancing%20Queen/Photo9-12-1490543AM.jpg

11/12/2014
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a29/chypmunk/Hippeastrums/Dancing%20Queen/Photo11-12-1483240AM.jpg

13/12/2014
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a29/chypmunk/Hippeastrums/Dancing%20Queen/Photo13-12-1481342AM.jpg

15/12/2014
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a29/chypmunk/Hippeastrums/Dancing%20Queen/Photo15-12-1482030AM.jpg

16/12/2014
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a29/chypmunk/Hippeastrums/Dancing%20Queen/Photo16-12-1440003PM.jpg
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