In this Gardener's HQ guide, we'll explore cultivating Amaryllis plants in your garden, indoor spaces, and other settings.
The common names for the half hardy bulb Amaryllis include Belladonna Lily, Paradise Amaryllis, and Naked ladies.
They typically flower from late summer to autumn.
The Amaryllis plant can grow stems up to 50 to 90 cm (20 to 36 inches) in height.
Naked ladies have beautiful trumpet shaped flowers, and they can make ideal pot plants.
The Amaryllis belladonna is a perennial plant. It can grow up to 24 inches (60 cm) tall. This plant is also known as Belladonna Lily. It stands out with its bulbous base, strap-shaped leaves and clusters of fragrant, pink flowers on leafless stems.
Amaryllis belladonna (Belladonna lily / Jersey lily / Naked-lady-lily / March lily / Naked Ladies), photograph by chuck b.; CC.
It thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. The Belladonna Lily is commonly grown in gardens for its striking flowers. These plants are ideal for borders, rock gardens, or containers and are usually planted in late summer or early fall.
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Amaryllis paradisicola is a bulbous perennial. It can reach up to 30 inches (75 cm) in height. It is also known as the Paradise Amaryllis. This plant is characterized by long, lanceolate leaves. It blooms with tubular, pink to red flowers.
Amaryllis-paradisicola, picture by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; (CC BY 4.0).
It's best grown in a garden location that has full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. The Paradise Amaryllis is commonly used in borders for its vibrant and fragrant blooms. Its flowers appear in late summer, adding late season interest to gardens.
It is best to sow naked ladies on the soil surface, then just cover them with a dusting of soil.
They should be planted with a spacing of 20 to 30 cm (8 to 12 inches), in the spring after the last frost.
Amaryllis prefer sunny conditions. The soil should be rich, well drained, yet and moist.
Amaryllis requires between three weeks and 16 weeks to germinate. If starting off indoors, then they should intially be grown at 19 to 24 degrees centigrade (66 to 75°F).
Start from February in individual pots, then put out doors after the last frost of spring.
Amaryllis are not the easiest plants to grow from seed and they may take up to nine years to flower!
They require a thick mulch in the winter, and bulbs should be stored indoors in severe winters.
The Amaryllis genus includes 2-3 species, but the name is often used for similar plants in the Hippeastrum genus.
Yes, Amaryllis is popular for its large, colorful flowers. It is often grown in pots or garden beds in appropriate climates.
Amaryllis belladonna (Belladonna Lily) is the most commonly grown species in this genus.
Amaryllis belladonna is known for its fragrant flowers, which have a sweet, vanilla-like scent.
Amaryllis prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. It needs a dry, dormant period in summer.
Amaryllis belladonna is not considered invasive in the USA.
Removal involves digging up the entire bulb of the plant and ensuring no pieces are left behind.
The Amaryllis genus consists of perennial plants known for their stunning and showy flowers. Native to South America, Amaryllis plants are highly regarded for their large, trumpet-shaped blooms that come in various colors, including red, pink, and white. They thrive in well-drained soil and prefer full sun to partial shade exposure. Regular watering is important during the growing season to promote healthy flower development.
Cultivating Amaryllis is relatively straightforward as they are low-maintenance plants. These plants can be propagated through bulb division or by purchasing pre-grown bulbs. Amaryllis species are commonly grown indoors and can be forced to bloom during the winter months. With their vibrant and showy flowers, Amaryllis adds a touch of elegance and beauty to any indoor or outdoor setting. Whether used as potted plants or incorporated into flower beds, Amaryllis creates a striking focal point and brings joy with its dazzling blooms.