Growing Amaryllis Belladonna Flowering Plants
Amaryllis belladonna plants are flowering plants that are native to South Africa. The plant is also called Jersey Lily, after the actress Lily Langtry, and Resurrection Lily or Naked Lady, after its tendency to flower after its leaves have withered away. The attractive, funnel-shaped flowers of these plants have made it one of the more popular garden plants around the world; the flowers are principally white with crimson veins, but pink and purple varieties are also seen. The plant is often confused with the Hippeastream lily, which has similar flowers. Amaryllis belladonna plants performs best in climates with warm, dry summers. A location with a protected southern exposure is ideal. Plant the bulbs in well-drained soil, about 6 to 12 inches apart. Site the bulbs just below the surface of the soil if you live in a cold winter climate. If you live in a climate where temps remain above 15 F. (-9 C.), plant the bulbs so the tops are level with the surface of the soil, or slightly above. For spectacular impact, plant amaryllis belladonna bulbs in groups of three or more.
Care of Amaryllis belladonna is as easy as it gets. The plant gets all the moisture it needs from winter rains, but if the winter is dry, the bulbs benefit from occasional irrigation. Don’t bother with fertilizer; it isn’t necessary. Divide Amaryllis belladonna plants only when absolutely necessary. The plant dislikes change and may react by refusing to bloom for several years.
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