Amaryllis belladonna 1st emergence of stalks

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:13:16 PDT
This is the time of year when there are usually reports of the A. belladonna in bloom. So, I wonder why there has been only one so far, particularly from central and northern California. In the southern areas of the state,  except for a very cautious offering last year after heavy spring rains, it has not bloomed at all for years. With me, blooms appear only if the bulbs are watered heavily during the summer. The lack of rains has caused the old, large clumps to shrink and desiccate. When and how much they bloom in this area has nothing to do with temperature. It is dictated by water.

San Diego
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