Amaryllis belladonna blooming project - year 3

Jane McGary
Mon, 29 Jul 2013 13:34:00 PDT
On Amaryllis belladonna flowering, I've noticed that here in the 
Portland area it flowers only when growing up against warm walls or 
house foundations. I just moved mine to a west-facing wall of my 
brick house, under the eaves to protect them from too much winter 
wet. I put the Veltheimia bracteata there too -- grow or freeze, I 
don't care, but I'm tired of lugging its pot in and out. Alstroemeria 
isabellanae is in bud in that area, and some Iris unguicularis is 
scheduled to be moved there in fall.

In central California, however, Amaryllis can flower in part shade. I 
remember them from my grandparents' farm near Lodi (Sacramento River 
delta), flowering on a partly shaded berm with assorted perennials; 
Grandmother called them "naked ladies," and giggled.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

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