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Propagation Of The Amaryllis Belladonna

Propagation of your current Belladonna Lily can be quite difficult

 
Sometimes the large mother bulbs produce small, side bulbs; you may remove this and do the same preparation for the new bulbs.
Put them in separate pots with rich, sandy soil and wait for them to grow. It could take around 2 to 3 years to see the fruits of your labor.
BellaDonna can be grown from fresh seed. Seeds vary in size from a grain of rice to a pea and are iridescent as mother of pearl.
When the capsules in which they ripen fall to damp ground the seeds sprout in the capsule as peas sprout in the pod. When I adapted this procedure by placing freshly collected seed in a plastic bag with a bit of damp sphagnum moss I had perfect germination.
 

 

Hybrids And The Belladonna Plant

Gardeners who wish to do some hybridizing with a view to leaving the gardening world richer than they found it will find that the belladonna can be crossed with many members of the Amaryllis family.
The most widely sold cross is known as – amacrinum, a hybrid of the belladonna lily and a crinum lily.
It was bred for floriferousness rather than hardiness and is probably more of a gamble than the belladonna lily except perhaps in the Gulf States. The great opportunity for would-be garden benefactors lies in hybridizing the belladonna lily for hardiness and dependability.
 

Summary

The Belladonna Lily deserves your attention due to its wonderful properties.
The best time to buy the bulbs would be either during late winter, late summer or early spring.
It’s not to difficult to pick up the Belladonna Lily and care for it, as long as you keep in mind – patience is required. This plant could even outlive you when they are properly cared for.

 

Source Gary Antosh

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