Amaryllis belladonna

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:08:15 PDT
It's clear that there is variability in the various climates where people
are growing these bulbs. In this area (San Diego) the behavior is quite
consistent with that of previous years - very few bulbs blooming after very
dry winters. In fact, bulbs here are blooming only if they have received
some non-rainfall water. This has been the behavior in the past three years.
So, we await a wet winter.  

For the record, the first blooming clump in my garden started on July18; the
most recent began last week. 

In spite of the drought and lack of blooms for these years the bulbs seem to
be reserving resources and remain quite plump, not shrivelled. Several
clumps even decided not to put forth winter foliage. Now, that's a
conservative move.

San Diego

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