Amaryllis Limona

November 27, 2009

This is a brand new Amaryllis cultivar that I am trying this year. I purchased it from Sheridan Nurseries. I know it was also available through Veseys. I love growing Amaryllis. I have been growing them for about 15 years. At this point I like finding ones that are a little unusual.

I'm hoping for a really spectacular green flower, but you never can tell.


I have grown green cultivars before but they tend to be very pale in colour. Here you can see a photo of 'Jade Serpent' ↓ in flower last year.


November 28, 2009

I have planted it in an 8" nursery pot. DO NOT PLANT YOUR AMARYLLIS IN A SIX INCH CLAY POT! A pot that small can't support the moisture and feeding requirements of a growing Amaryllis in the summer months. In the heat of summer your amaryllis will dry up and die.

If you want to keep your amaryllis you will have to give it some room. Make sure you water and feed your Amaryllis well though out the summer months. They are known as "Gross Feeders."

A friend of mine once grew the flower for Christmas and when it was done she cut off the stalk and placed it in the back of the closet thinking that she could take it out next fall to have it flower again. She just didn't know any better.


When you grow your plant well over the summer, this is what you can get the following fall. This scarlet Amaryllis is 'Pamela' ↓ . It is in a ten inch pot, and has been there for about 10 years.


An old Dutch friend once told me that the best potting mix for Amaryllis is equal parts sand, sheep manure compost, and peat. I have used it and it works well, but it is heavy. I have also used the common soil-less mix with good results.

Check out the wire hoop support from the dollar store ↑ . It works really well. It protects the tender indoor leaves from being crushed by household traffic.

December 7, 2009

Turns out that my 'Evergreen' is going to have two flower stalks.


At the same time, my 'Pamela' is in flower and the second flower stalk from 'Little Star' is in bloom.


The flowers of 'Little Star' are small but are much larger than they were last year.


My Cybister Amaryllis 'Chico' has produced a long flower stalk and will be blooming at the same time as 'Evergreen'.


December 13, 2009


The flowers are just starting to emerge from the spathe leaves that protect the buds.


I've noticed that my 'Minerva' Amaryllis is just starting to send out it's flower buds. Below is the photo of it from last year.


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Hippeastrum, the gardener's amaryllis by Veronica M. Read is the best book that I have found on Amaryllis. I refer to it often and I highly recommend it. It can be purchased through or

Hippeastrum, the gardener's amaryllis


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