Amaryllis blooms

Jim Lykos
Fri, 15 Aug 2003 00:07:00 PDT
Hi Ann Marie and Angelo,

In my experience the  division of  the bulbs helps in producing  larger 
sized bulbs and eventually this results in increased  numbers on flowers 
an umbel, but it has no effect on inducing an Amaryllis bulb to  flower. 
  In the southern dry inland parts of my state I  have seen  120 year 
old grave plots with around 4 layers of  Amaryllis belladonna  filling 
the grave area, and given the right rainfall conditions they have 
hundreds of inflorescences.  
Last year we experienced  the driest  year on record - a drought 
throughout the eastern states of Australia,  but in my area outside  
Sydney,  the drought broke in the last month of summer (February) with a 
6 inch down pour.  I then had a field month photographing  the 
marvellous flowerings of  large clumps of  Amaryllis - in areas and 
suburbs where in previous years one would at best see half a dozen 
inflorescences from a clump - but this year there were 30 to 50 
inflorescences in flower in some garden clumps of Amaryllis.
A friend who grows Amaryllis multiflora varieties in clay loam in full 
sun with half the bulbs exposed - (never divided) -  and  watered  only 
by rainfall,  commented to me that it was the best flowering he has ever 

I actually achieved  the same result  in my garden by  heavily watering 
 the  Amaryllis clumps from mid summer - by heavy watering  I mean drip 
watering  each clump for a a whole day each fortnight during mid to late 
summer (one month).  
A dry hot summer followed by  inundation is  a reliable way of  inducing 
a heavy Amaryllis flowering.  

Jim Lykos
Zone 9

Angelo Porcelli wrote:

>I agree with Ann Marie, as my Amaryllis don't bloom anymore if the bulbs are pushed out of the soil from the new offsets. So I divide them every 3-4 years and I plant them rather deep 15cm (6") below soil level. Now all in full flowering !
>Angelo Porcelli
>...well roasted in south of Italy
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