Amaryllis belladona in Connecticut

Adam Fikso
Mon, 16 Feb 2009 11:51:10 PST
I've tried A. belladonna here in the Chicago area a number of times--both 
very large and smaller bulbs.  They just don't tolerate zero degrees F for 
days at a time, when those days are invested in single-digit weeks.  Even 
within a foot of the foundation of the house where I have overwintered 
Eucomis, Zantedeschias, Crinum  and a few hardy glads, they can't survive. 
They will tolerate 28° F for a few nights, maybe even a week or so, but way 
down ?  Nope.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "William Aley" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Monday, February 16, 2009 1:34 PM
Subject: Re: [pbs] Amaryllis belladona in Connecticut

> When I lived in West Seattle, WA. Naked Ladies Amaryllis belladonna is
> almost a weed. Homes of days gone by were lost to the foundations yet
> in late summer the pink blooms would appear from the long forgotten
> gardens. We learned that the best time to transplant the bulb in when
> it is in full bloom. The clay soil is almost solid in our West
> Seattle's Summer drought- usually 4 weeks of it. With determination we
> managed to transplant long established clumps of the plant with
> repeated blooms the next year. After moving to the East coast my
> singular bulb has languished for several years with no sign of a bloom
> yet.  Too wet - Too cold.
> Bill
> Silver Spring, MD
> On Feb 16, 2009, at 2:13 PM, Judy Glattstein wrote:
>> The first time I saw Amaryllis belladonna in California, one
>> September,
>> I was asking my husband to stop at each sighting. When I saw a 200-ft
>> long driveway solid pink on both sides I finally calmed down. If
>> memory
>> serves, that was the same trip where the vase of flowers on the
>> check-in
>> desk at the Best Western in Davis, CA was Lycoris aurea. Good trip.
>> Anyhow, to return to Jim's question of how did I protect the winter
>> foliage of Amaryllis belladonna - I didn't. It was under the roof
>> overhang rather close to the house wall and planted deep in the
>> ground.
>> The soil stayed dry, and if there was snow I just shoveled more snow
>> over the leaves.
>> Lycoris radiata in the open garden would languish, diminish, and die
>> after about 3 years. Should have moved it up by the house.
>> Jim, let me know if you want me to excavate my garden journal from way
>> back when and try to unearth more details.
>> Judy
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