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Hippeastrum x hybridum

Pronunciation: Hip-ee-ass-strum hye-brid-um
Family: Amaryllidaceae (amaryllis family
Common Name: Names: amaryllis
Plant Type:
  • bulb, tuber, corm
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • 20 to 10ºF ZONE 8
  • 30 to 20ºF ZONE 9
  • 40 to 30ºF ZONE 10
  • 50 to 40ºF ZONE 11
Sun Exposure:
  • full shade
  • part sun
Bloom Season:
  • early spring
  • mid spring
  • late spring
  • early summer
  • late winter
Bloom Description: Amaryllis typically holds 2 to 7 huge, 6 in (15 cm) lily-shaped blossoms on massive 18-20 in (46-51 cm) stems. The dark green straplike basal leaves (arise from the ground in a rosette) are 16-20 in (41-51 cm) long give the plant interest even when not in bloom.
Plant Perks:
  • Suitable for Houseplant
  • Container Gardening
  • Cut Flower
Propagation: Seeds or bulb offsets. Plant one offset in a 6 in (15 cm); pot of peat or compost with half the bulb exposed. Water sparsely until growth begins. New bulbs do not have roots, so special care is needed to develop a good root system. To encourage rooting, be certain the soil is kept damp - not wet - until roots fill the container. Avoid fertilizing. As soon as a few buds appear, water freely and feed weekly with liquid fertilizer. Plant outdoors in the garden once danger of frost has past. Water regularly through mid-summer to nourish the bulb and then reduce watering in late summer so that foliage will die and the bulb go dormant. If you do not live in zone 8-11 and want to force your amaryllis into bloom then dig before frost, clean bulbs and store in a cool place until you want them.
Native to: Dozens of species hippeastrum grow throughout the tropical regions of central and south american. Their various hybrids are popular houseplants and grow in beds and borders in sub-tropical and tropical areas all over the world.
Notes for Identification: Source: floridata care: plant the bulbs in well drained soil. Water adequately during growing season. Outside, amaryllis needs little water in winter when bulbs are dormant. Indoors, withhold water when dormant. Outdoors use amaryllis in mixed perennial borders. Plant among shrubs or under high shade of pine trees. Makes great cut flowers. In winter, amaryllis bulbs are easily forced into spectacular blooms. In a matter of weeks a dry bulb will become a lovely centerpiece to brighten gloomy winter days. warning: alkaloids such as lycorine in the bulb will cause nausea, vomiting, salivation, possibly diarrhea if ingestion. Toxic only if large quantities eaten.
USDA Heat Zones (days above 86ºF):
  • Less then 1 day ZONE 1
  • 1 to 7 days ZONE 2
  • 7 to 14 days ZONE 3
  • 14 to 30 days ZONE 4
  • 30 to 45 days ZONE 5
  • 45 to 60 days ZONE 6
  • 60 to 90 days ZONE 7
  • 90 to 120 days ZONE 8
  • 120 to 150 days ZONE 9
  • 150 to 180 days ZONE 10
  • 180 to 210 days ZONE 11
  • Greater then 210 ZONE 12
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