Hippeastrum sp., Amaryllis

Hippeastrum sp.

Family: Amaryllidaceae    (Formerly:Amaryllidaceae / Liliaceae)
Subfamily: Amaryllidoideae
Origin: Tropical South America
USDA Zone: 7-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapGroundcover and low-growing 2ft plantSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeShadeFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersBlue, lavender, purple flowersWhite, off-white flowersPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsDeciduous plantSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Hippeastrum sp. (Amaryllis) is a plant that is commonly grown in containers in colder regions, as it can be easily brought indoors when the weather turns cold and kept in a cool place until spring. It can be grown in full sun or semi-shade, but requires moderate watering and does not tolerate soggy soil. The flowers come in a variety of colors, including pink, white, blue, lavender, purple, red, yellow, and orange, and attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators.

The Amaryllis is a tender bulb that requires warm temperatures (70 to 75 F) for 9 to 10 months to promote flowering and vegetative growth, followed by 2 to 3 months of cool dry storage or cool growing conditions to promote reflowering. Amaryllis bulbs are easy to bring to bloom and are popular worldwide, coming in many beautiful varieties in shades of red, white, pink, salmon, and orange, as well as striped and multicolored varieties. Planting period for Amaryllis is from October until the end of April, with a flowering period from late December until the end of June, lasting 7-10 weeks.

When planting the Amaryllis bulb, the base and roots should be placed in lukewarm water for a few hours before planting up to its neck in potting mix, being careful not to damage the roots. Bulbs should be planted 8 weeks before the desired bloom time. After flowering, the stem of the Amaryllis should be cut back to the top of the bulb when it starts to sag, and the bulb should be stored in a cool, dark place, such as the crisper of a refrigerator for a minimum of 6 weeks before planting again.

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