Amaryllis blooms

Ann Marie
Wed, 13 Aug 2003 10:40:37 PDT
 Yesterday my 
first Amaryllis belladonna hybrids opened. Only three, but I suppose others 
could appear later. The species has been out and about where I live, but 
the ones I have in my garden haven't bloomed for three years even though 
they used to. The bulbs are rather large and produce leaves. Perhaps it is 
too shady where they are. Do they need to be divided when they get that 
large to bloom properly?

Mary Sue

 Mary Sue, I find in my garden, So Calif, the belladonnas do better in full sun.  They also do better if divided every 3 years, they multiply so much that they tend to push the older bulbs up out of the ground and only the newer ones, in the ground bloom. If you seperate the older ones or the ones out of the ground and replant they too will bloom, but the roots like to be at least touching the ground.  I have several I've divided and due to lack of pots just lay them in a planter and they are now all blooming too.  I have over a hundred in bloom right now throughtout the garden and will be dividing this fall, any one interested in them please email me privately.  Ann Marie 

Ann Marie Rametta

So. California, San Gabriel Valley, Zone 21 (Sunset Western Garden book) , influenced by both marine and interior air(Santa Ana winds). This makes it perfect for Citrus trees, Lilacs, some tropical plants and most So African plants. 

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