Amaryllis belladonna blooming

Mary Sue Ittner
Tue, 15 Aug 2006 11:56:59 PDT
The word is that Amaryllis belladonna do not like to be transplanted and 
sometimes takes years to recover after they are moved. Or at least that is 
what people say. I don't know if this has been scientifically studied or 
not. Mine never bloomed in a container. Rand, do your grow in a container 
or do you dig them up every year. In my garden if they don't flower the 
leaves appear in late fall and winter and they grow through the wet winter 
and the leaves die back as the soil dries up perhaps in May. Blooms if you 
are going to have them occur from late July to October followed by leaves 
later. Warmer places seem to have blooms sooner, but also it may depend on 
where in your garden they are growing and some of my hybrids always bloom 
after the species.

Joyce Miller reporting from Lester Hannibal once told me the best time to 
transplant them was just before they started into growth again. One year 
she sent me three in that state and one bloomed after I planted it. The 
others waited for years and the one that bloomed skipped years afterwards. 
The next best time to transplant is after bloom and before the leaves I 

If Robert is going to experiment it sounds like it is time to plant his.

Perhaps Bill Welch can comment on this although this is no doubt a busy 
time for him.

Mary Sue

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