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Amaryllis is a member of the Hippeastrum family. Its botanical name is Hippeastrum.

The bulbous plant often called amaryllis is correctly known, horticulturally and botanically, as Hippeastrum. Bulbs for sale in shops are hybrids.

The true Amaryllis is a slightly tender, bulbous plant, Amaryllis belladonna, which is normally grown out of doors in a well-drained border against a warm sunny wall.

Amaryllis is a bulbous plant that produces one or two leafless stalks and at the top of the stalk from two to twelve funnel shaped flowers. The usual color of the flowers is white with crimson veins. However, pink or purple also happens naturally. This plant produces the leaves in the autumn or early spring in warm climates, depending on the amount of rain, and eventually die down by late spring. The bulb goes dormant until late summer. This plant does not tolerate frost. It also does not do well in tropical environments as it needs a dry resting period between leaf growth and flower spike production.1

Blooms normally display as a colour very similar to   Red and   White. When mature, blooms are roughly 22.0 cm (that's 8.58 inches in imperial) in diameter. The mature flowers take a single form, with an approximate petal count of 6. Leaves usually appear in   Islamic green

Amaryllis is a flowering non-edible houseplant / flower perennial, it will last at least up to several years in its native climate.

Amaryllis is known for its erect habit and growing to a height of approximately 75.0 cm (2.44 feet). This plant tends to bloom in mid spring.

Try planting Amaryllis if you'd like to attract bees to your garden.

Popular varieties of Amaryllis with home gardeners are Red Lion, Minerva, Apple Blossom, Papilio and Picotee.

Argentina is believed to be where Amaryllis originates from.

Amaryllis tends to need a moderate amount of maintenance, so ensuring that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant is quite important to ensure you have a happy and healthy plant.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Amaryllis have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Amaryllis

  • Indoor

  • Dappled Sun

  • Low

Hippeastrums do not like wet feet and will easily rot given too much water. It is best to water them sparingly and let them completely dry out before watering again. Potting mix should be sharply draining. Flowering occurs under bright light and warmth (72°F+ – 24ºC). Blooming can be stalled, if desired, by moving the plant to cooler and darker conditions.

Enjoys a indoor lighting / dappled sun position in your garden and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Zone 10 to 11 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Amaryllis is generally regarded as a tender plant, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

See our list of companion Plants for Amaryllis to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Amaryllis from seed

Just lay on surface of compost & lightly cover with compost. Germinate best with a little warmth. Look for seeds with a slight bump in them as only these are viable seeds.

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 1.62 feet (50.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.2 inches (0.5 cm).

By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Amaryllis about 0 days after your last frost date .

Transplanting Amaryllis

It must be remembered that these bulbs take 4 years to flower from seed. They need to be potted on each year till they reach flowering size after which they can be left in the same pot for several years. It must also be remembered that these bulbs will rot very quickly if left in water logged pots so after watering it is advisable to empty saucers of any excess water. They tolerate dryness much better than excess water. Do not be tempted to put into bigger pots right away but move them up a size each year. They flower better in cramped conditions. The bulb’s shoulders should be 5cm above the compost level. The bulb should NOT be buried otherwise it will rot.

Amaryllis is tender, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside - as a guideline, the minimum temperature outside should be approximately 15°C / 59°F.

By our calculations*, you should look at planting out Amaryllis about 0 days after your last frost date.

Harvesting Amaryllis

Not applicable to Hippeastrum

Seed Saving Amaryllis

These plants can set seed very easily. If you want to save the big seedpods after flowering it is essential to keep the bulb growing in good light conditions. Feeding is helpful to keep the plant’s strength up & to ensure good viability of seed. A seedpod will form like a small green apple with 3 clearly marked bulges. When the pod is ready to harvest the skin will turn brown & will dry out & the pods will split open revealing rows of tightly packed thin black discs with a small bulge, if the seed is viable. The seeds germinate best the soon they are sown. If kept in an airtight container in a cool, dark place they will be viable for some time afterwards.

How long does Amaryllis take to grow?

These estimates for how long Amaryllis takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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Days to Germination How long does it take Amaryllis to germinate?
10 days

Average 10 days | Min 15 days | Max 344 days (7)

Days to Transplant How long until I can plant out Amaryllis?
+ 30 days

Average 30 days | Min days | Max days (0)

Days to Maturity How long until Amaryllis is ready for harvest / bloom?
+ 1460 days

Average 1460 days | Min 24 days | Max 238 days (5)

Total Growing Days How long does it take to grow Amaryllis?
= 1500 days

When should I plant Amaryllis?

Our when to plant Amaryllis estimates are relative to your last frost date.

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When to sow The number of days to sow Amaryllis before or after your last frost date.
0 days after Last Frost Date
When to plant out The number of days to plant out Amaryllis before or after your last frost date.
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