Amaryllis belladonna

Paul Licht
Sat, 01 Aug 2015 11:30:51 PDT
When I started gardening some years back, I was told that these Amaryllis
should absolutely not be watered; at best they wouldn't last long. My
experience since (out of ignorance) is that those in the middle of my
garden that get a little summer water grow faster, divide more, and bloom
more prolifically and earlier than those without any summer supplement.
Here in Bay Area, I've had the watered ones in full blooms for awhile,
while the other in dry places in the same garden have not even begun to bud

I also find that the colored cultivars, whiles, dark reds, etc., tend to
bloom at different times from the standards.


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

On Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 9:02 AM, Mary Sue Ittner <> wrote:

> The historical rain in Southern California did not make its way north to
> where we live. There are a few Amaryllis belladonna showing here and there,
> but not a lot. I even have one shoot in my garden that I don't recall
> blooming for a long time, if ever, but there was a shrub that died in the
> drought that got bigger than I expected  (a Leucospermum) and probably
> provided too much shade. Since Amaryllis belladonna can bloom here into
> September and even October, there is still time for others to make an
> appearance.
> Mary Sue
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