Christmas Flowering Single Amaryllis Blushing Bride
This Symphony variety has large 7 1/2" wide flowers atop rather short, stout stems. Growing to around 15" tall, winsome Blushing Bride is rose-pink with darker pink veins and a green eye accented with a rose starburst. Harvest bulb size: 26 cm.
Note: Cannot be shipped in freezing temperatures.
Christmas Flowering Amaryllis
Hippeastrum. Amaryllis are special, magical bulbs. Nothing brings more joy, color and song to our spirits than Amaryllis flowers as winter's long, dark days approach. Amaryllis are the Art and Soul of Winter. If you want your Amaryllis to bloom in time for the holidays, select from among our Christmas Flowering Amaryllis from South Africa. Grown in the southern hemisphere, these Amaryllis are more eager to pop out of dormancy than those grown in the Netherlands in the northern hemisphere. They may be potted in October for gorgeous flowers in just four to six weeks, right on time for the holidays.
Christmas Flowering Amaryllis are classified as Symphony, Sonata or Sonatini varieties according to their flower size and height. Symphony varieties are the largest, yielding big 6" to 8 3/4", saucer shaped flowers on 14" to 18" stems. SonataAmaryllis yield slightly smaller 5" to 6" flowers on 14" to 16" stems. Sonatini Amaryllis are the most delicate, species-like varieties with 2 3/4" to 4" flowers on 8" to 14" stems. Most bulbs yield two, and sometimes even three, successive flowering stems with multiple flowers. Sword-like foliage may appear before, during or after flowering. Please note that the normalplant heights detailed for each variety depend on the indoor ambient temperature and amount of sunlight. Harvest bulb size: 18 cm (unless otherwise noted). Christmas Flowering Amaryllis have been bred to create well-proportioned plants and large flowers from smaller bulbs. After harvest, they shrink naturally as they dry, and plump back up once they are potted and watered. We start shipping Christmas Flowering Amaryllis once we receive them from the annual harvest in South Africa in late September. Our Christmas Flowering Amaryllis bulbs are bareroot: it is the bulb only for planting in your own containers.
Potting the Bulbs
Pot individual bulbs in well-draining, cozy pots in sterile, neutral pH potting soil with at least the top quarter or third of the bulb above the surface of the soil to avoid water collection in the sprout. A cozy pot means that there shouldn't be much more than about an inch of space between the bulb and the pot. Amaryllis flower better when their roots are pot bound. Tamp down the soil lightly. Give the bulb one drink of room temperature water around the base of the bulb. Place the pot in direct sunlight at room temperature with good air circulation and normal to low humidity. Avoid placing the pot in an area with cold drafts. Do not water again until green growth appears. Over-watering could inhibit root and plant growth.
Once the Amaryllis starts to grow, water evenly and consistently around the base of the bulb at soil level (never mist). Make sure to discard any collected water in the pot saucer to avoid root or bulb rot. Brighter sunlight creates the best coloration and a more proportionate plant (read: shorter stem). Most varieties yield two, and sometimes even three, flowering stems in succession. Sword-like foliage may appear before, during or after flowering. You may need to install structural support for the huge flowering stems. We like to make pot-size teepees from twisted twigs and branches we've collected in the woods to secure the Amaryllis stem's growth and help to keep it balanced in its pot. You may also top dress pots with stones to weigh down the pot to prevent it from tipping over when the plant is in full bloom. If they grow too tall, you may cut them: Amaryllis are among the best, most long-lasting of cut flowers. After the flowers have faded, cut them off to prevent unnecessary seed formation, but leave the stalk in place to die back naturally. It helps to feed the bulb.
If you want to display more than one Amaryllis together, we suggest sinking individual pots at the same rate of growth in a basket or cachepot. The pots can be covered with green Spanish moss or preserved reindeer moss. It looks beautiful, and the Amaryllis may still be grown in cozy pots that is best for them from a horticultural perspective.