Amaryllis Sub for Tulips in the Lower South


We can bring tulips to successful once-season bloom with great effort. We can plant a forced Christmas Amaryllis in the ground in south Georgia in the Spring and forget about it. Not quite as hardy as Crinums, they’re still reliable here in zone 8b. Colder climates grow them in pots to bloom in winter by manipulating bloom times by allowing them to rest.

While the bulbs are very expensive to buy, Amaryllis can be easily grown from seed. Patience is required because the tiny seedling bulb has to grow to blooming size, which takes 2-3 years.

I don’t know much, but I know whom to ask:

Simon Eade at the Garden of Eaden has a superb post on growing Amaryllis from seed. I’ve only used what he calls the “California Method” of floating seeds in a dish of water until roots appear, then potting up the tiny rootling.




     /  November 12, 2009

    Love your blog, and this is a great flower! I am lucky in tropical Australia to leave my Amarylis (called hippeastrum here) in the ground year round. I originally got 5 bulbs for a dollar at a garage sale. They have increased to more than twenty already. They are taking their sweet time to flower this year though – I am hoping they are hanging in for a christmas show!

  2. joeltheurbangardener

     /  October 9, 2009

    Wow, what a difference a few hours south makes. I certainly couldn't pull the Amaryllis off in my yard in Baltimore, but I love the idea.
    -Great to find you on Blotanical.

  3. Tatyana@MySecretGarden

     /  October 8, 2009

    I am with Jackie – used to see them in the pots! Love its huge flowers!

  4. Jackie

     /  October 8, 2009

    Thanks for visiting my blog recently! Beautiful amaryllis. I just saw some at the garden center today…wishing I'd bought a few now.

  5. Nell Jean

     /  October 8, 2009

    Everybody should grow just one amaryllis in a pot, one time. It is a real thrill when the bud appears, followed by the strappy leaves and then the bud suddenly zooms upward: breathless anticipation until the bud starts to open.

    The open blossoms lasts a long time. Mr. Brownthumb has a great tutorial on how to keep them going in a pot.

  6. Linda

     /  October 8, 2009

    I've never grown Amaryllis but I do think they are beautiful. Tulips and daffodils are easier to grow where I live.

  7. Gail

     /  October 7, 2009

    That is a new technique to starting seeds for me…I haven't the patience so i will buy my almost ready to open amaryllis this year. gail

  8. Sylvana

     /  October 7, 2009

    I love amaryllis. And this one is a beauty! I can't grow them here, but the tulips and daffodils that I can grow more than make up for that.

    Ha! I see you have me in your blog roll! I just found you on Blotanical and didn't even realize that you had already found me!

  9. Cameron (Defining Your Home)

     /  October 7, 2009

    I love seeing the Amaryllis, but I've never owned one! Can't believe it, since I think they're beautiful. Sometimes, plants scare me (meaning that I think that I'd kill them!).


  10. Mary Delle

     /  October 7, 2009

    So you've grown the Amaryllis from seed? What patience. The bulbs multiply in my beds, so I let them propagate themselves like that. I like your red one in the lawn.

  11. Hocking Hills Gardener

     /  October 7, 2009

    They are such pretty flowers and yet I have never tried to grow one. A girl out to at least try to grow one once, don't you think ? Did that sound like excuse enough to get one đŸ˜‰

  12. Linda

     /  October 7, 2009

    I've not had much luck with Amaryllis in the NW, but they are beautiful!

  13. Rosey Pollen

     /  October 7, 2009

    I love Kiki's comment about being smitten. Cute.
    So stunning, that red. ooh la la.

  14. Kiki

     /  October 7, 2009

    What a beauitul flower and such a rich gorgeous color! Lovely! I am smitten!!

  15. azplantlady

     /  October 7, 2009

    I think it is worth the 2 – 3 years it takes to flowers. So beautiful!

  16. NellJean

     /  October 6, 2009

    It did get companions, James. it was joined by clumps of Agapanthus. The Amaryllis was preceded in cooler weather by a patch of blue Hyacinths.

    There are others nearby. You just got to see the lonely one.

  17. Ellie Mae's Cottage

     /  October 6, 2009

    Beautiful! I've never seen one in the ground … only in pots around Xmas time. -Jackie

  18. James Missier

     /  October 6, 2009

    what a lovely lily. But why is it all alone? It look so lonely.

    Hope it get more companions and partners.

  19. Red Studio

     /  October 6, 2009

    That is one gaw-jus Amaryllis. My neighbor grows them in a flower bed. They made an amazing display with large variegated red and white blooms.

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