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St Albans based, career changer and studying Horticulture. Bulb addict, South African plant fan and converted succulent lover

Amaryllis belladonna

  • Season Icon Mid WinterMid Winter 2021
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richard.spicer.7906

I’ve never catalogued this so adding it now. This is not the same as the commonly called 'Amaryllis' (which are technically Hippeastrums) that you get at Christmas. This is a true Amaryllis and I bought one bulb last Feb to try it in the garden. Whilst volunteering at a garden last year I found loads thrown away in the compost bin, couldn’t believe it as they are not cheap. Asked the head gardener if I could take some so nabbed three more!

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richard.spicer.7906

They are winter growing in UK and flower first without foliage in autumn, then produce leaves over winter and then die back in spring/early summer to go dormant. I’ve read they can take a while to settle in so not expecting flowers for a couple of years

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richard.spicer.7906

#amaryllis #amaryllisbelladonna #amaryllis-belladonna #jerseylily

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sharonhayden

Wow - never heard of them, wonderful looking forward to their progress

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ublaszko

I've been pondering about buying one for weeks but in the end I couldn't think of what other plants it would go with in my garden... And so I'd have to buy even more plants to match it 😂😂😂

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anges

Great idea! 👌

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richard.spicer.7906

I kept seeing them for sale in the GC last spring but they were huge pots and were still £20 or so for one plant (couldn’t see how many bulbs there were as they buried them too deep. Then i saw they were selling them at Wisley dry by the bulb so I got one for a £5 @ublaszko

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richard.spicer.7906

I’d seen them in magazines but hadn’t seen one in anyone’s garden before. The is a clump at work which flowered in October and i was quite amazed how wonderful it looked. No leaves, just flowers on about 50cm stems @sharonhayden

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ublaszko

£5 is not a bad price as they're not that common. Shame they all seem come in either very bright or very pale pink. I'd get one if it was white as I'm expanding my lily corner and these would extend the season of interest. I nearly got a white nerine but they can take up to 3 years to flower and I'm not sure how long before we move house again.

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richard.spicer.7906

There is a white one, it’s called 'Hathor' i think? Prob not cheap though as I’ve only seen the standard species form (pink ones) in the GC @ublaszko

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ublaszko

It's £15 😱😂😂 I've only ever seen the pink one. I think I'll give it a miss. 😅

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mandajayne

I just planted some bulbs in summer and thought I wouldn't see growth until spring but I see some growth and thanks to your info it appears that's normal?

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