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This article is written by Kunsang Choden.

 

Amaryllis is a perennial plant that produces one of the most beautiful blooms and it is also one of the nicest species of bulbous plant. The plant is often known by its appearance and is often taken the symbolism to beauty or pride. And is commonly called by the name Amaryllis belladonna lily. It is possible to plant this plant in any season as per the time you plant. It is found they the Amaryllis originated from South American tropical region. Compared to the other flowering bulbs growing and making the bloom a success in case of amaryllis is pretty simple. They grow easily both indoor and outdoor. This flower has a worldwide demand. Bloom comes in striped shades of salmon, orange, pink and white. The hybrid of amaryllis is called Hippeastrum.

 

The best ways to have amaryllis around your house is by providing enough of water and light in the right season. It is also suggested that you provide good amount of fertilizer so that the plant can turn into a good bloom.

 

It is the suggestion of the bulbous gardeners that this plant be taken in-door once the bloom time gets over after the spring and before the winter frost is on the way. Keep the bulb in a dry area or dry soil in order that dormancy gets over sooner. The sign to dormancy ends when you see new growth of roots coming out from the bulbs. This is the indication for you to start giving water to the plant so that the growth function gets in hand.

 

Once the amaryllis has started blooming, you will feel the joy of its beauty.

 

We all love to see amaryllis every season and it is possible to make this happen. Once the bloom gets over and the foliage starts to fade away, you are suggested to clip off the flower stem from its bulbs. One of the important things to keep in mind is that you don’t cut off its foliages. During the time of good bloom and also once the bloom has faded, keep watering the plant in a regular basis (don’t over water) and keep it in the sunlight for carrying out photosynthesis. Before the time to dormancy starts you are encouraged to either make sure that your amaryllis bulb is in a pot having drainage holes or shift the bulb to a safer location where they are not prone to get rotten down by the excess rain. Keep the bulb in a well fertilized soil.

 

You have another option to see maximum yield in amaryllis i.e. keeping the amaryllis bulb in a dry and dark location away from the rain. The dormancy period takes around twelve weeks. Upon following these suggestions, you are guaranteed to see the new and fresh bloom of amaryllis in the coming season.

 

This process to re-grow amaryllis is more or less similar to planting any other plants in your garden. Search for a good location (sunny) that has good quality of soil and is well fertilized. Replant the bulb and in the process give the bulb good amount of water to nourish the bulb. Start providing regular water only after the bulbs start giving rise to foliage else there is more chance of plant rot. The bloom welcomes the fall month, spring month and the summer month. It all depends on the time of plantation.

 

Amaryllis is a wonderful bulbous having two species and belonging to the sub-tribe Amaryllidinae. Plants belonging to this species (Amaryllis) are commonly known in many names such as Jersey lily, Amarillo, belladonna lily, Eastern lily, March lily etc. Although their names are coined in lily terms due to its shape, they are different compared to lily.

 

Scientific classification

 

Kingdom: Plantae

 

Division  : Magnoliophyta

 

Class  : Lilliopsida

 

Order : Asparagales

 

Genus   : Amaryllis

 

Species : Belladonna

 

Bulbs : Amaryllis is a bulbous plant having bulbs of 5-10cm size in diameter. The bulbs are the best in plantation of amaryllis although various methods of propagation methods are possible. The best time to plant Amaryllis is end of April to October.

 

Leaves : The leaves produced by amaryllis plant are green in color 30-50cm long. They are broad and appear beautiful in arrangement.

 

Stem : The stem of Amaryllis is 30-60cm tall. The bulb gives rise to one to two stems each bearing 2-5 amaryllis.

 

Flower : In most of the cases, a single stem produces around twelve funnel-shaped flowers. The flowers come in 6-10cm long. The bloom consists of three outer sepals and three inner petals. The bloom comes in white color with a tough of crimson, pink or purple veins. The bloom period is long compared to the other plants with 7-8 weeks starting from late December to the end of June. The time is longer in winter. Thus, it is good that you start planting the bulb around October and April.

 

Planting : As you work on the plantation of this plant, it is a good suggestion that you dip the root of the bulb in a lukewarm water to prepare germination. Select soil that is rich in compost and start with the bulb plantation. Place the plant in a well sunny area and provide sparing amount of water and as the plant starts to germinate fully, increase the amount of water given to the plant.

 

Allergy : Different kinds of plants cause allergy. The allergy caused by different plant is different; some can cause cough and irritation while other can lead to skin rashes. Amaryllis causes diarrhea, vomiting and nausea.

 

Use : One of the major uses of planting Amaryllis is due to its aesthetic beauty. It beautifies your entire home into a beautiful flowery garden atmosphere.

 

The plant purifies the air and can be planted both indoor and outdoor. The plant is mostly used as a wedding flower in bouquet form and also for the room decoration purpose.

 

Although Amaryllis is mistaken as lilies, this plant is far different to lily. It is possible to figure this difference by carrying out anatomical difference of ovary.

 

It is believed, researched and found that there are around 600 varieties of amaryllis. It is most popular in Holland and South Africa.


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