An Amaryllis Winter

Last winter and spring, after seeing some gorgeous blooms on various blogs, I made a note to myself to order plenty of Amaryllis/Hippeastrum to see me through the following winter. I ended up with eight different bulbs, only one of which failed to flower (called ‘White Christmas’, of which we all dream of in vain 😉 ).

They were all planted in light compost with a little grit, in fairly small pots, and with a third to a half of the bulb showing above the soil. From December to March I had at least one in flower constantly. Some of them needed minimal support as they started to go over, but most were sturdy enough to stay standing on their own. Here is a summary of which ones I grew and how they flowered.

First of all, the record-breaking ‘Tres Chic‘: planted on 4th November and flowering by 15th December…

AmaryllisTresChic(It must have taken me by surprise, as I failed to take a decent photo of it!)

It was a lovely bright, festive red with a white centre, and it flowered for about two and a half weeks.

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The next one to flower was ‘Chico‘. Planted on 9th October, Chico flowered on 27th December, and then again on 19th January. This was quite possibly my favourite. Click on any image to enlarge…

I just loved the way the petals curled upwards, and the shades of pink and green were very delicate. I will definitely try and grow this one again.

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In early January Chico was accompanied by ‘Apple Blossom‘…

This was a much more traditional-style Amaryllis: frilly pink and white flowers, with pretty markings on the petals. It was planted on 25th November and flowered on 7th January. There must have been about seven flowers on this one stalk – stunning.

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In January another more unusual one flowered: ‘Evergreen‘…

This was such a lovely pale creamy green, and lasted extremely well too. It was planted on 9th October and flowered on 16th January. There was something very classical about this one, and it reminded me very much of oriental lilies.

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My windowsills were now getting a little overcrowded, as two days later, on 18th January, ‘Rosy Star‘ joined the party.

This was a simple flower – not as fussy as Apple Blossom – and rather pinker than the photos show. It was pretty, but not mind-blowing. Still, very welcome in the darkest month of the year!

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In February ‘Lemon Star‘ finally opened and put on a beautiful display for several weeks – it flowered on two stalks simulataneously and was the firm favourite of my Man of Many Talents. I planted this one on 25th November and its flowers opened on the 10th and 18th of February.

It looked very lemony. In fact I kept thinking if I sniff it, it might even smell of lemons! (It didn’t though.) This was a nice light colour to welcome spring and the longer hours of daylight. This one will also go on my list for next year too.

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Around the same time ‘Blossom Peacock‘ opened too. This was planted on 22nd December and flowered on 6th February and again on 6th March. It was the last one, cut down only last week.

As you can see from the planting and flowering dates there is no way of telling when they will flower – some needed three months, while others needed only four to six weeks. I kept all of the bulbs almost dry and rather cool until they started shooting. Then they need only a little water and a warmer spot to flower.

Do you grow Amaryllis? Do you have any particular favourites? Or do you hate them?! I thought it would be interesting and fun to ask you to vote for your favourite from those that I grew. I will then tell you the results next week. Thanks, and a have a great Easter weekend! 🙂

54 thoughts on “An Amaryllis Winter

  1. What a wonderful selection, I prefer Lemon Star. I grew a couple this winter and am getting my bulbs from last winter into growth again, but whether they will flower this year is another question.

    • I have only managed to get mine to flower again by pure neglect… a couple of years ago I discovered some I had forgotten about and they were sending out shoots in August, so I planted them outdoors and they flowered beautifully in September!

  2. Cathy, it was fun voting for a favorite, but honestly they’re all beautiful. I didn’t have as much luck this year growing my paper whites indoors. You’ve inspired me to try these instead.

    Great post!

    • They are fun to watch growing too, some of them seemed to shoot up inches overnight! I love paperwhites, but the scent is just too overpowering for us indoors, so these are a nice alternative.

      • It’s interesting how certain smells over power some people, yet are pleasant to others. I’ve read that cilantro can make some people literally sick to their stomach whereas others like the smell.

        I’m glad you’ve found the perfect alternative to winter color.

    • Thank you Ben! The pleasure of seeing them flower after you have planted and tended them is so much better than getting a potted one from the shops!

  3. How fun to vote on a favorite…although I had trouble deciding, to be honest. They’re all stunner! I’m impressed with the variety of bulbs you chose. I have a couple of red bulbs that came from my grandmother many years ago. They were hers and I don’t know the name, but they’re still blooming every year and they are probably 15 years old. By the way, I voted for Chico. I don’t think it’s exactly the most beautiful, but I wouldn’t have even know it was an amaryllis and I just love the spidery tendrils! What a wonderful collection you have, Cathy!

    • How wonderful to have them blooming every year in your garden, and for so long Debra! Yes, Chico is not as showy as some, but has such a lovely shape. It fascinated me.

  4. A most attractive selection Cathy. They provide welcome interest and colour in the depths of winter. ‘Chico’ is my favourite of yours followed by ‘Evergreen’. I only grew the one this winter ‘Papilio’ but it didn’t look as good in real life as it did on the catalogue page. I hope that you enjoy the Easter weekend.

  5. Didn’ t you do well with all your lovely hippeastrums? My favourite is Chico. Now the trick is to get them to flower next year. I fail miserably at this. My daughter managed it with Chico. I get leaves but no flowers. Have you tried it?

    • Chloris, I have followed all the guidelines rigidly and had no success with blooms the following year. Like you, just leaves. A couple of years ago I just forgot about the bulbs completely and found them sprouting in August. So I planted them out in a container on the patio and they flowered within a few weeks! Unfortunately the bulbs then rotted in the cool damp soil. I shall try again though. 😉

  6. Lovely post. We don’t grow Amaryllis, but there’s no Christmas without this beautiful flower.
    Happy Easter to you and yours, Cathy! 🙂

  7. Amaryllis has much greater range than I realized. Helpful to see them all at once. You must have been gratified to see them perform so well Cathy. I choose ‘Lemon Star.’

  8. Beautiful images! That Chico is bizarre!
    I have only ever grown those that are vermilion and white, but I have not had much success because they have reached for the light and the stems have curved.
    Best wishes for Easter 🙂

    • Thanks! Yes, they stems do get very tall, but as long as they have enough light they are usually okay for me. I sometimes need to give them a bit of support!

  9. What fun you had with them! I voted for Lemon Star but could have easily picked any of the others as a favorite. Nice how you chose such an interesting range of flower forms as well as colors. I tried a few of the doubles for the first time and really enjoyed them… but my indoor space is quite limited for such a big bloomer and I’m not sure where they will go next year 🙂

    • I am going to plant mine in the garden in summer and see what happens… they never seem to perform a second time round indoors for me.

      • I have to put mine outdoors as well or they’re doomed 🙂 Believe it or not I have them on a drip irrigation which is set to water twice daily, and they spend most of the summer soaking wet. That and frequent liquid fertilizer and they do well. I’ll see if I can post a picture!

  10. Your amaryllis are all beautiful. They are one of my favorite flowers. We can leave ours outside all year. I have a large collection, but they are not blooming as they used too. I don’t know if they can get too old.

    • I find my spring bulbs also get fewer as time goes by, and will try watering and feeding them this year after they die back as it is supposed to help. It must be lovely to have Amaryllis in the garden!

  11. Wonderful amaryllis, Cathy! I voted for Lemon Star, but would just as soon have added Chico too… they’re all gorgeous. I’ve only ever grown amaryllis one at a time so always had to try a new one 😉 But I’ve never grown any I didn’t just love, except H. papilio, and that only because I could never bring it into bloom – it always looks to-die-for in the pictures! I love your shots of Evergreen too; is it classed as a miniature? Just lovely!

    • I have no idea if Evergreen is a miniature as I had never heard of miniatures before reading another post recently. Something else for me to look up! I shall try and find some more new ones next year for variety!

    • Thanks for joining in the vote Alain. The red ones usually get the most attention, so I am pleased I could show off some different ones.

  12. I like pure red Amaryllis and the white Lemon star. Chico and Evergreen need rooms with special interior. This was a nice idea to plant various and surprising bulbs. I keep it in mind for autumn.

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