Hipeastrum papilio x H.Donau
After repeated and many unsuccessfull crossbreeding attempts of
H.papilio x 4-ploid gardener's amaryllis
I finally and fortunately obtained 2 (two) viable seeds by using Donau as pollen donor. Well this is certainly my major coup in breeding gardener's amaryllis.
Contrary to my presumption that I generated a triploid sterile dead end hybrid this hybrid is very well self-fertile and produces approx. 100 seeds / pod when self pollinated. This is bearing important implications, as I can now raise and look forward to obtaining a final F2 hybrid yielding blooms with the exotic and unusual shape of H.papilio BUT bigger and with 5 (or 6?) blooms per stem. This is fantastic outsights...
And 18 strong 1-year old F2 kids ARE on their way...YEAH