Amaryllis: Culture and Care

Hippeastrum, commonly referred to as amaryllis, is in the grass family and is native to South America. Bulbs can remain viable for many years with the correct care. When dormant, they only need watering once a week. When the bulb starts producing a shoot, watering should be more frequent.

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HIPPEASTRUM papilio (butterfly amaryllis)

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  1. The average lifespan of a bulb is 25 years, though it's not unheard of for an heirloom amaryllis to be passed along over generations for a span of 50 years or more.
  2. Generally, the bulb must be planted up to 8-12 weeks before it is ready to bloom.
  3. The genus is native to South America, mostly Brazil.

Julie Berbiglia

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