Barbados Amaryllis sparkles with velvety red petals striped in bold white stars. A heavy and showy bloomer, flowers span six- to eight-inches. Barbados bulbs produce one or two stems each bearing three to four tropical-looking blooms. Amaryllis are the easiest bulbs for forcing indoors. Pot them starting late October for a festive holiday display. Makes an excellent gift. (Hippeastrum hybrid ‘Barbados’)
20-24” tall x 9-12” wide. Chase away the winter blues with the tropical flair of Barbados Amaryllis. The bright red blooms make Barbados a holiday favorite, but these show-stoppers can be grown throughout the winter months. Amaryllis are grown indoors in containers. Begin potting bulbs in late October and stagger plantings one to two weeks apart for continuous blooms all winter. Bulbs begin flowering six to ten weeks after planting. Amaryllis leaves tend to grow toward light. Simply rotate the container regularly to keep plants well balanced. The long stems and large blooms make wonderful cut flowers. For flower arrangements, cut stems at a 45-degree angle when they first flower bud begins to color and is about to open. Amaryllis have tropical origins and can be grown in the ground outdoors in USDA hardiness zones 9-11 with warm, frost-free climates. When cared for properly, bulbs can produce blooms year after year.
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. Place the pot with your freshly-planted bulb on top of the refrigerator, radiator, or other spot that provides 'bottom heat' to encourage quicker sprouting.
Watering: Water sparingly until the sprout is well out of the bulb. 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 and bend towards the light. Once in flower, it's best to keep plant out of direct sunlight to keep the blooms from fading. Simply remove each flower as it begins to pale. 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 all over again.
Growing Amaryllis Outdoors: In USDA zones 9-11, amaryllis can be planted outdoors in the garden. Florida, southern Georgia, Texas, and much of the west coast provide an adequate, frost-free climate for Amaryllis. Plant bulbs in October in loose, well-drained soil. Set bulbs with the upper third sticking out above the soil line. Water the bulbs in and begin fertilizing after the leaves appear. When cared for properly, bulbs will flower for many years to come.
Long, slender, strap-shaped green leaves.
Barbados Amaryllis Bulb
Up to 8" flowers
Winter: 6-12 weeks after planting.
Easy To Grow, Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Forcing, Plants For Small Spaces
Place bulb so top inch or so of bulb sticks up out of the soil.
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Planting & Care
Getting Started When Your Bulbs Arrive
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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)
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)
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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.
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.