Re: [gardeners] Amaryllis gives hope

George Shirley (
Tue, 11 Jan 2000 10:51:41 -0600

margaret lauterbach wrote:
> >
> >We've grown amaryllis from seed but didn't deliberately cross pollinate
> >to see what we would get. Miz Anne is just naturally thrifty. We dig the
> >bulbs up every 2-3 years and take the natural increase from the bulblets
> >to make the bed a little bigger. Most of our amaryllis make seed pods
> >and we then either plant them in pots to see what we'll get or just
> >plant the seeds on the hillock where the amaryllis grow. Should be very
> >easy to pollinate them but you would have to keep a cover on the flower
> >to prevent insects from cross pollinating from an unwanted color.
> >
> >George
> >
> George, have you kept track of how long from seed to blossom? Someone asked
> me a few years ago, and the only source I could find said it was about 7
> years. That seems to be extreme. Thanks, Margaret

Averages about 3 years for us but, then, we have a very mild climate and
the amaryllis often bloom twice a year. Have had some of them take up to
five years but probably would forget them if it took seven years, may
not be around that long. :-)