Charisma Amaryllis Bulb

 

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Charisma indeed! This magnificent Amaryllis charms with star-shaped blooms with deep red petal edges, and red flames rising from a red throat.

Zones 1 - 10
Advantages
Containers
Containers
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Forcing
Forcing
Mature Plant Size 20-24" tall
Bloom Time Winter: 6-10 weeks after planting.
Size Single Bulb - Bulb Size: 34/+ cm
SKU 11AMAR1

Plant Information

This one is a really refined beauty. Instead of the rounded, overlapping petals displayed by older varieties, this sleek new beauty presents a flatter, massive star shape with exquisite markings in deep red. Your grandmother never saw one like this!

Amaryllis How-To: Ever grown an amaryllis inside the house? It's a snap. There can be rain, cold or snow outside, but all you do is plant the bulb in a pot, water this "magic lily", and it zooms into growth. In just a few days, the stems arise, and in a few weeks the enormous flowers begin to open--huge lily blooms up to 8" across! (Each bulb produces one or two stems, each with 3 or 4 flowers!) Then you have the big show for over a month.

Planting Amaryllis: Choose a standard size flower pot, so the large bulb has approx. 1" around sides and at bottom. (These bulbs do not need much root space.) Use soil, or a mixture of soil, peat and perlite. (Do not use pine bark.) Place bulb so top inch or so of bulb sticks up out of the soil.

Watering:Water sparingly until the sprout is well out of the bulb. When first planted, place pot in sunny window, and add "bottom heat" if possible. Many do this by placing pot on a radiator. Once sprout appears, water regularly, but do not overwater. Your amaryllis will grow quickly and produce its spectacular huge flowers. Remember to keep turning the pot regularly to make the stalk grow straight as they have a tendency to grow towards the light. Once in flower, it's best to keep plant out of direct sunlight. Simply remove each flower as it fades. Your bulb will produce several flowers.

Aftercare: When all flowers are gone, cut off the tubular flower stems near the top of the bulb, leaving the foliage to continue growing. Water as usual and apply water-soluble fertilizer every four weeks. In spring, after danger of frost, sink the Amaryllis pot in the garden in a sunny place for the summer. Continue to fertilize. At the end of the summer, place the pot on its side and allow the soil to dry out. Cut off the dry leaves, and in about six weeks repot your bulb in fresh potting soil and start the growing cycle again.

SKU 11AMAR1
Common Name Amaryllis
Botanical Name Hippeastrum
Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Flower Color Red, White
Mature Height 20-24" tall
Bulb Size 34/+ cm
Planting Depth Place bulb so top inch or so of bulb sticks up out of the soil.
Bloom Time Winter: 6-10 weeks after planting.
Days to Bloom 6-10 weeks after planting.
Flower Size Up to 8" flowers
Planting Time Fall, Winter
Advantages Containers, Easy to Grow, Forcing
Additional Information Hardy in zones 9-11.
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting & Care

Getting Started
When Your Bulbs Arrive

Open the box right away and check the contents

Choose a standard size flower pot, so the large bulb has approximately 1" around the sides and at the bottom (these bulbs do not need much root space). Amaryllis do not need specific soil, however we suggest using soil, or a mixture of soil, peat and perlite (do not use pine bark, as it may encourage rot). Place the bulb so the top inch or so of the shoulders sticks up out of the soil (see below)

Shoulders above soil
Amaryllis can get top-heavy when they bloom, so a sturdy pot is best

Watering

Water very sparingly until the sprout is well out of the bulb. When first planted, place the pot in a sunny , and add "bottom heat" if possible. Many people do this by placing the pot on a radiator. Once the sprout appears, water regularly, but do not overwater. Overwatering is the quickest way to kill amaryllis. Your amaryllis will grow quickly and produce its spectacular huge flowers with minimal care.

Remember to keep turning the pot regularly to make the stalk grow straight, as they have a tendency to grow toward the light. Once the bulb is flowing, it is best to keep the plant out of direct sunlight. Your bulb will produce several flowers on each stalk and most will grow two or three stalks. Remove each flower as it fades.

Amaryllis Outdoors (Zones 9 - 11)

Outdoor Amaryllis
Photo courtesy of Floridata.com
Since these bulbs are tropical (native to South America), they can be grown beautifully outdoors in very warm and frost-free zones. This means from southern Georgia down through Florida, south Texas, and much of the Pacific coast. Planting time in these areas is usually September or October, and if the bed is well-cared for, the bulbs will stay in the ground and flower for years. If you'd like to propagate your amaryllis, our friends at Floridata.com have good Instructions.

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Aftercare:

After winter bloom, if you want to rebloom your amaryllis, it's quite simple.  When blooms fade, cut off the tubular flower stems near the top of the bulb, leaving the foliage to continue growing.

Water as usual and apply water-soluble fertilizer every four weeks. Once spring arrives and frost is past, sink the Amaryllis pot in the garden in a sunny place. Continue to fertilize. At the end of the summer when frost threatens, simply pull the pot out of the ground, wash it out, and take it inside, and allow it to dry out completely in a warm dry place like a utility room.  Once the leaves are dead and the bulb dry (usually 5 to 6 weeks), the bulb is ready for repotting.  Simply cut off the dry leaves, and repot your bulb in fresh potting soil and start the growing cycle again.

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American MeadowsCharisma Amaryllis Bulb
 
4.5

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

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    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Large bulb size (10)
  • Long bloom time (8)
  • Low maintenance (8)
  • Reliable growth (6)
  • Vivid colors (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Indoor pots (5)
  • Containers (4)
  • Indoors (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual hobbyist (7), Avid gardener (6)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

An enchanted bulb

My sweetie gave me a Charisma bulb for Christmas four years ago. It bloomed spectacularly indoors that winter, but my sweetie was skeptical that I could ever get it to bloom again. Well,...Read complete review

My sweetie gave me a Charisma bulb for Christmas four years ago. It bloomed spectacularly indoors that winter, but my sweetie was skeptical that I could ever get it to bloom again. Well, not only has it re-bloomed every year since then, but it has now produced SEVEN offspring bulbs, all of which have also bloomed (and re-bloomed, in the case of the older offspring). I am flabbergasted, amazed, delighted. I am ready to start an amaryllis farm here!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Never came up :(

Would like to review product, but so far it hasn't started to grow. Planted it the same day as the Samba we received and was given all the same light and water, but...Read complete review

Would like to review product, but so far it hasn't started to grow. Planted it the same day as the Samba we received and was given all the same light and water, but has not even begun to emerge. Very disappointing as Charisma has one stem already in beautiful bloom and a second stem 5 inches tall.

Reviewed by 16 customers

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5.0

Slow Grower but Worth the Wait

By 

from Quincy MA

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors

    Comments about American Meadows Charisma Amaryllis Bulb:

    Charisma took over a month longer to start blooming under the same conditions as 2 other amaryllis but was worth the wait. Beautiful, vibrant colors just in time for spring.

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    • Personal
     
    5.0

    I would buy this as a gift for friends.

    By 

    from Little Rock, Arkansas

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors

      Comments about American Meadows Charisma Amaryllis Bulb:

      A fast blooming plant and looks exactly like the picture. I love it.

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      • Personal
       
      1.0

      Never came up :(

      By 

      from Brillion, WI

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors

          Comments about American Meadows Charisma Amaryllis Bulb:

          Would like to review product, but so far it hasn't started to grow. Planted it the same day as the Samba we received and was given all the same light and water, but has not even begun to emerge. Very disappointing as Charisma has one stem already in beautiful bloom and a second stem 5 inches tall.

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          • Personal
           
          1.0

          Complete dud

          By 

          from Amarillo, TX

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          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Not Growing At All

            Best Uses

              Comments about American Meadows Charisma Amaryllis Bulb:

              Very disappointed in this particular bulb. I've grown many amaryllis in my life and have never not had one grow at all. I re-potted after about a month and the root system seems good, but still no growth at the top.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
               
              5.0

              Exceptional

              By 

              from Autin

              About Me Casual Hobbyist

              Pros

              • Large Bulb Size
              • Long Bloom Time
              • Reliable Growth

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Containers

                Comments about American Meadows Charisma Amaryllis Bulb:

                Large bulbs with healthy foliage. Huge blooms. Each bulb bloomed twice with the second just as beautiful as the first. Bloom as pictured with subtle gradation of color. Very satisfied.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                An enchanted bulb

                By 

                from College Park, MD

                About Me Casual Hobbyist

                Pros

                • Large Bulb Size
                • Low Maintenance
                • Re-blooms For Years
                • Reliable Growth
                • Vivid Colors

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about American Meadows Charisma Amaryllis Bulb:

                    My sweetie gave me a Charisma bulb for Christmas four years ago. It bloomed spectacularly indoors that winter, but my sweetie was skeptical that I could ever get it to bloom again. Well, not only has it re-bloomed every year since then, but it has now produced SEVEN offspring bulbs, all of which have also bloomed (and re-bloomed, in the case of the older offspring). I am flabbergasted, amazed, delighted. I am ready to start an amaryllis farm here!

                     
                    5.0

                    Beautiful - looks brushed by an artist

                    By 

                    from Florida Panhandle

                    About Me Casual Hobbyist

                    Pros

                    • Large Bulb Size
                    • Long Bloom Time
                    • Low Maintenance
                    • Reliable Growth

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Containers

                      Comments about American Meadows Charisma Amaryllis Bulb:

                      This is the "artiest" of the unusual amyrillis I have found.

                       
                      5.0

                      Gorgous.

                      By 

                      from Stone Mountain, GA

                      About Me Avid Gardener

                      Pros

                      • Large Bulb Size
                      • Long Bloom Time
                      • Low Maintenance
                      • Reliable Growth
                      • Vivid Colors

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoor Pots

                        Comments about American Meadows Charisma Amaryllis Bulb:

                        One of the most beautiful amaryllis blooms around. Makes a magnificent Christmas Time display. Easy to grow, blooms are hugh, requires littly maintenance.

                         
                        5.0

                        Amaryllis "Charisma"

                        By 

                        from Wisconsin

                        About Me Casual Hobbyist

                        Pros

                        • Absolutely beautiful
                        • Large Bulb Size
                        • Vivid Colors

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoor Pots

                          Comments about American Meadows Charisma Amaryllis Bulb:

                          After the first spike shot up and flowered, I thought the amaryllis was finished. Then... It sent up another stem with more flowers. It was more than I ever dreamed of! Absolutely Gorgeous!!!

                           
                          5.0

                          Unbelievable color, huge blooms

                          By 

                          from Harvard, Il

                          About Me Casual Hobbyist

                          Pros

                          • Large Bulb Size
                          • Long Bloom Time
                          • Low Maintenance
                          • Reliable Growth
                          • Vivid Colors

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoor Pots

                            Comments about American Meadows Charisma Amaryllis Bulb:

                            I bought this bulb for my mother as a gift. the color and huge blooms are just stunning.It last forever and the next thing you know another stem appears and the fun starts all over again.

                             
                            5.0

                            Street stopper gorgeous petals!

                            By 

                            from Byron, Ill

                            About Me Green Hands na thumb

                            Pros

                            • Mezmerizing

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Containers

                              Comments about American Meadows Charisma Amaryllis Bulb:

                              Love my bulbs!!! Only one sad note, had received two bulbs that were mushy upon arrival. Expecting replacements this fall.

                               
                              5.0

                              A beautiful amarylis. It had three spies

                              By 

                              from East Texas

                              About Me Avid Gardener

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Large Bulb Size
                              • Long Bloom Time
                              • Low Maintenance
                              • Reliable Growth
                              • Vivid Colors

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoor Pots

                                Comments about American Meadows Charisma Amaryllis Bulb:

                                The amarilys bulbs aa beautiful winter bulb for indoors.

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great investment

                                By 

                                from Baton Rouge, LA

                                Pros

                                • Large Bulb Size
                                • Long Bloom Time
                                • Low Maintenance

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Containers

                                  Comments about American Meadows Charisma Amaryllis Bulb:

                                  I am looking forward to purchasing additional bulbs. They are just a pleasure to view.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Amazing Plant

                                  By 

                                  from St. Paul MN

                                  About Me Casual Hobbyist

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Large Bulb Size
                                  • Long Bloom Time
                                  • Low Maintenance

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoor Pots

                                    Comments about American Meadows Charisma Amaryllis Bulb:

                                    This bulb produced an amazing display of vibrant color. It bloomed and bloomed. It was simply amazing. Can hardly wait for the next cycle. After the blooms the biggest aray of greens proudly telling us that it will indeed bloom again next spring.

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Much prettier than pictured! HUGE bulb.

                                    By 

                                    from Tucson, AZ

                                    About Me Casual Hobbyist, Master Gardener

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Large Bulb Size
                                    • Long Bloom Time
                                    • Low Maintenance
                                    • Vivid Colors

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about American Meadows Charisma Amaryllis Bulb:

                                        Bright, vivid, eye-catching.

                                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Gorgeous

                                        By 

                                        from Wisconsin

                                        About Me Master Gardener

                                        Verified Reviewer

                                        Pros

                                        • Accurate Instructions
                                        • Attractive
                                        • Healthy

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Indoors

                                          Comments about American Meadows Charisma Amaryllis Bulb:

                                          The Charisma Amaryllis was beautiful. It had 16 showy flowers at first and to my delight, just when I thought the show was over, I got one last display of 4 more. I totally enjoyed watching the bulb come alive and pop with color at such a dreary time of year here in Wisconsin.

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                                          • Personal

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                                          USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                                          To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                                          • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                                          • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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