Amaryllis belladonna

Adam Fikso
Wed, 06 Sep 2006 09:37:49 PDT
For Hans and others finding this bulb tricky.  When I was a kid in Berkeley, 
Calilfornia, this was (and still is) a common plant, thriving on neglect in 
clay soil, increasing and blooming every year.  Temperature maxima and 
minima there in the Bay Area over the last 60 years are about 26° F and 99° 
with freezing temperatures rarely continuing for more than one night, and 
maxima for not more than 2-3 days at a time.  The soil can bake hard as a 
rock and crack wide open in the summer.  Bulbs are often partly out of the 
ground--as much as a third of the length of the bulb. 

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