Amaryllis belladonna

Paul Licht
Fri, 27 Aug 2010 15:19:44 PDT
  Lots of 'myths' about this. Yes, they are blooming 
EVERYWHERE around the Bay Area. They occur in the hottest 
driest areas that receive no rainfall or water for the 
entire summer. It was once thought they should NOT be 
watered but I grow them in profusion in my home garden with 
regular water and they grow faster, multiply more and bloom 
earlier than in my areas that I never touch. They will also 
bloom in a fair amount of shade.  We often dig up the 
enormous excess tubers and sell them for a few dollars each. 
It was said that it takes years for these to reestablish and 
bloom again, but it's not true in many cases.

Paul Licht, Director
University of California Botanical Garden
200 Centennial Drive
Berkeley, CA 94720

On 8/27/2010 3:01 PM, wrote:
> On 27 Aug 2010, at 17:09, wrote:
>> I've just had an amusing experience with the Amaryllis.  I've been
>> growing it for several years in the greenhouse and felt I had to share
>> such a magnificent, showy flower with my daughter in Santa Rosa, CA, so
>> sent her home with one in July.  Last week it was my turn to visit her
>> and, perhaps you've guessed already, there was Amaryllis in bloom
>> everywhere.  EVERYWHERE.  At least she won't be left out.
> Many years ago, driving west from Santa Rosa to Western Hills Nursery in late
> September, I was struck by the enormous numbers of Amaryllis belladonna to be
> seen everywhere. One can only conclude that growing conditions are perfect.

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