There are two phases of care for the Belladonna Lily
Belladonna Bulbs Need Two Phases Of Care
There are two phases of care for the Belladonna Lily. The first is during its growth period, and the second is its rest period.
The best time to start bulbs is in the late winter period. If you order bulbs online, place your bulbs in water – making sure to soak only the root parts and not the whole bulb overnight before planting them.
The bulbs are huge. Different growers recommend different planting depths. Carefully plant the lily with the tip just showing or else barely covered.
Experience seems to indicate the ground should be heavily watered at flowering time, either by rain or by sprinkler system.
If growing in pots, prepare the pot and place nutrient-rich, well draining soil, then plant them as recommended.
Experience also seems to indicate, the longer the bulbs are out of the ground at planting time, along with the greater the drying back of root growth, the more years it will take the bulbs to flower.
Provide infrequent water for new bulbs, and occasionally as they grow. Allow the potted soil to dry out before watering them again.
You’ll observe the first growth in the ribbon-like leaves come springtime. Foliage dies back completely in June.
The bare flowering stalks appear suddenly a couple of months later, in the same fashion as the common lycoris.
The straight stem can potentially grow up to 30 inches in height, followed by the delightful bell-shaped flowers numbering around a dozen in the late summer.
The unusual flower shape seemingly captures the sun’s rays and reflects it in a way that the Belladonna Lily appears as though it is glowing and glittering brightly!
Don’t be alarmed if the blooms don’t open up all at once; they are designed to flower one after the other in a short 4 to 6-week span.
The Belladonna Lily sends up a single flower for each stalk in a bulb, which bursts into a glorious full bloom in the months of July, August and early September.
During this period, the air is delightfully fragrant with a fruity, heady smell.
The Belladonna Lily takes a rest after the flowering period is over. It would be best to move the Bella Donna inside your house during winter to keep it in a cool and dry state.
You may move the precious plant to a cooler area in the house and gradually decrease water until blooming season starts again.
The bulbs lie dormant during wintertime, so further watering is not needed at all. The optimal temperature for a resting Amaryllis is somewhere in the 50s.
February is the time when the Belladonna Lily awakens and starts another growth and flowering cycle – hopefully.
Bulbs moved with no drying of the roots just after flowering stems die back will often bloom the following summer.
The quality of the blooms could depend on how many years the plant is left undisturbed.
Meaning, repotting and transporting should be done in as little frequency as possible. It might not even be needed as long as your plant is in good shape.
Ideally the plants should be mulched to prevent tip freezing, with a mulch that would not reduce the amount of winter light.
Belladonna Plant Care Maintenance and Buying Tips
Caring for your Belladonna Lily plant requires much sunlight, water and warmth during its growth period, while keeping the air and soil cool and dry during winter and rest.
As mentioned, get well-draining soil and be wary of water accumulating around the base and the roots of the Amaryllis Belladonna.
Remove withering leaves and spent flower stalks to lend a healthy appearance and to allow further growth of healthy and fragrant flowers.
This will usually start when the end of the summer is near; pull or cut them delicately when they appear completely browned.
Poor flowering can also be the result of inadequate diet. Plant owners may give their plants diluted liquid fertilizer while in leafing stage; liquid plant food is also allowed in moderation as they grow.
Keep your Lily free of spider mites by wiping the leaves and occasionally misting them if the air becomes too dry.
In the instance where an all-out attack happens, use an insecticide like neem oil. Follow the labeled directions as instructed for optimal results.
Source Gary Antosh
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