The layered white petals of Marilyn Amaryllis are brushed with light green and arranged in irresistible ruffled rosettes. Marilyn will provide gorgeous contrast for your bright red Amaryllis flowers, or create a lovely centerpiece on their own. Top-sized bulbs bloom approximately 6-12 weeks after potting, sending up 2-3 flowering stalks with up to four blooms each that last for weeks. (Hippeastrum Marilyn)
(20-24” tall x 6-8” wide) Marilyn Amaryllis bulbs create a ruffled work of art indoors with ease! The fully double white blooms have a light green cast that contrasts beautifully with bold red amaryllis. Breathe life into tablescapes for holiday décor and enjoy indoor blooms all winter long. This intermediate variety stays a manageable size at 20-24 inches tall with flowers 8.5” across. Strappy, shiny foliage will slowly emerge as the flowering stems grow taller, and stems will bloom in succession. ‘Marilyn’ Amaryllis bulbs come ready to bloom, and with care, can beautifully bloom year after year. Winter hardy only in zones 9-11.
Amaryllis How-To: It’s easy to grow Amaryllis indoors! There can be rain, cold and snow outside, but all you do is plant the bulb in a pot, water, and watch it zoom into growth. Eventually, enormous flowers begin to open to light up the winter season. Then you'll have a big show for over a month.
Planting Amaryllis: Choose a standard size flower pot, so the large bulb has about 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, Amaryllis can be moved outside to 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 for continued winter blooms.
Long, slender, strap-shaped leaves.
Up to 8.5" flowers
Days To Bloom
6-12 weeks after planting.
Winter: 6-12 weeks after planting.
Easy To Grow, Good For Containers, Good For Forcing
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.