Clown Amaryllis Bulb

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Clown is the all-time favorite red and white striped amaryllis. Everyone loves the huge flowers.

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 46AMAR1

A big holiday favorite, "The Clown" is a classic. With huge flowers, and striped overlapping petals, it always makes a big splash.

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 46AMAR1
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

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 MeadowsClown Amaryllis Bulb - Single Bulb
 
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Pros

  • Long bloom time (3)
  • Low maintenance (3)

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  • Indoor pots (4)
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5.0

Clown Amaryllis - Exceptional Gift!

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from Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

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Pros

  • Incredible Blooms
  • Low Maintenance
  • Reliable Growth
  • Vivid Colors

Cons

  • Nothing

Best Uses

  • Indoor Pots

Comments about American Meadows Clown Amaryllis Bulb - Single Bulb:

I sent the Clown amaryllis (along with the Exotic Star amaryllis and paperwhites) to my 91 year old parents for Christmas. They have so enjoyed watching this exceptional amaryllis grow and bloom into the most beautiful flower! It was easy for them to care for and brought such joy to their long cold winter in Boston. Thank you so very much for such a wonderful bulb - I knew I could trust American Meadows to deliver such a outstanding product!

 
5.0

High quality bulb! Will buy again

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from New Virginia, Ia

About Me Avid Gardener, Master Gardener

Pros

  • Long Bloom Time
  • Low Maintenance
  • Multiple Buds

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Containers
    • Indoor Pots

    Comments about American Meadows Clown Amaryllis Bulb - Single Bulb:

    I love to add amaryllis to my summer containers. The foliage s a very nice contrast for most flowers.

     
    5.0

    Liked very much - it's now in my garden

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    from Fort Pierce, FL

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoor Pots

      Comments about American Meadows Clown Amaryllis Bulb - Single Bulb:

      They made wonderful Christmas gifts for friends....and gave many days of pleasure.

       
      5.0

      Absolutely beautiful

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      from Hudson, OH

      About Me Casual Hobbyist

      Pros

      • Long Bloom Time
      • Very easy to grow

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoor Pots

        Comments about American Meadows Clown Amaryllis Bulb - Single Bulb:

        I planted this and two other amaryllis bulbs in the fall for Christmas. The blooms were huge and abundant. Very beautiful.

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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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