Amaryllis - Belladonna - 2 bulbs p-pack
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How to plant, care for and grow Amaryllis belladonna
|Name derived from||In Latin amarysso means to sparkle. Amaryllis is also a Greek feminine name.|
|Common name||Belladonna lily, naked ladies, naked lily, amaryllis and March lily|
|Sun Exposure||Full sun and semi-shade.|
|Flower Colours||Ranges from pure white to light/dark rose.|
Amaryllis has a true bulb. There are two species of Amaryllis: A. belladonna and A. paradisicola. It is a sweetly scented plant that is indigenous to South Africa – specifically the Western Cape. At maturity, it will stand at about 1m tall. They are pot- friendly provided the pot has a hole for drainage. The plant produces poisonous flowers that will cause respiratory paralysis in both humans and livestock when eaten. The inflorescence is arranged in an umbel around five large trumpet-shaped blooms.
Seasons and planting
The soil for planting Amaryllis should be a sandy loam with compost – ensuring good drainage. They are best suited for a rock garden. Although semi-shade is acceptable, it will reduce the flowers that are produced per bulb so preferably plant the bulb in a sunny area.
Each bulb requires a plant spacing of 10cm. The lowest temperature that the plant can tolerate is 5°C. When planting, ensure the neck of the bulb is at or just below the soil level. Amaryllis should be fed Hadeco Bulb Food sparingly from flowering time to dormancy.
Amaryllis should not be moved and will not flower reliably for at least several seasons after being transplanted.
To propagate Amaryllis, the seed is recommended to be sown fresh (late autumn) in trays of sand planted just below the surface. Offsets should be taken off the bulbs during late summer and both bulbs and offsets must be planted immediately.