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Hippeastrum sp.

amaryllis flower
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What about it?

Amaryllis belongs to a group of lily-like plants that grow from bulbs. The bulbs are large as are the flowers, which look like trumpets emerging from a tall, slender-but-sturdy stalk. There are usually 4 flowers on a spike, and they come in white, pink, or red. The leaves are tall and sword-like, and often do not emerge until after the plant has bloomed.

What is it used for?

The amaryllis is most often seen as an indoor pot plant In warm climates it can be planted outdoors.

Where does it grow? How do we grow it?

If growing indoors, plant the bulb in a pot of good soil early in the winter. Do not cover the top 1/3 of the bulb. Add some sand to the soil for good drainage. Water daily. Turn the pot daily so that the stem grows straight.

What are its primary problems?

Amaryllis are occasionally rotted by fungi. Leaf scorch may affect the leaves of the plant.

How do we propagate it?

Amaryllis grow from bulbs. Bulbils can be separated from the mother bulb and planted.

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