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Amaryllis Facts

A Tale of True Love and Horticultural Wonder

Greek mythology brings us the story of Amaryllis, a love-struck maiden who longed for the handsome but cold-hearted Alteo. Desperate to win his love, she pierced her heart with a golden arrow and then visited his cottage daily, shedding drops of blood along the way. On the thirtieth day, beautiful scarlet flowers bloomed along the path.
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Learn more about amaryllis bulbs grown in water?

Did you know that amaryllis will grow happily in water? It’s true, and with suitable care of amaryllis in water, the plant will even bloom abundantly. Of course, the bulbs cannot remain in this environment long term, but it’s a great way to enjoy the showy flowers over winter when all else looks dreary. Want to learn more about amaryllis bulbs grown in water? Read on. Continue reading Learn more about amaryllis bulbs grown in water?

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For brides who have their wedding on a winter day

For all the brides who are planning on spending the wedding on a winter day, a red amaryllis wedding bouquet can make a gorgeous selection. Usually known as the “holyday” winter Christmas flower, the amaryllis is definitely one of the most appropriate types of flowers for a cold season wedding. Continue reading For brides who have their wedding on a winter day

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Hippeastrum or Amaryllis: What’s the difference?

When is an Amaryllis not an Amaryllis? When it’s a Hippeastrum! No, this is not a lame Christmas cracker joke – it’s a centuries-old riddle that has provoked heated debate among some of the world’s leading botanists for centuries.
The confusion surrounding the two genera stems from their complex history dating back to the 18th Century – and the true identity of these colorful blooms is still regarded a grey area among many experts. Continue reading Hippeastrum or Amaryllis: What’s the difference?

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The amaryllis Story of Mariana Greene “Gardening Fool”

Get your amaryllis potted! It’s time for the amaryllis ritual. Pot them now for blooms by Christmas.
A few years ago, I bought extra because I couldn’t choose between less-common orange blossoms and the standard holiday red. Once I had them lined up in their clay’flowerspots, watered and sprouting, I realized I should have staggered the planting at two-week intervals Continue reading The amaryllis Story of Mariana Greene “Gardening Fool”

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The cultivation of cut Amaryllis

Growth, rest and blooming at the greenhouse!
Amaryllis is a bulb that blooms once a year. In nature, the crop and the bulbs grow in the summer, with new flower buds being created in the bulb. At the same time, the bulb stores a lot of spare food. This is necessary, because the crop dies after summer and the bulb with the new flower buds has to survive a cold period in the winter. Continue reading The cultivation of cut Amaryllis

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Princesse Claire baptizes Hippeastrum

Princesse Claire from Belgium has her own Amaryllis! Chateau Beloeil, March 2016, Since 1988, Chateau Beloeil, a medieval castle in Belgium and owned by the princely family of Ligne, is the host of a large amaryllis exhibition. The many beautiful rooms are decorated with thousands of amaryllis flowers in many colors and types. Continue reading Princesse Claire baptizes Hippeastrum

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The different colors of a Amaryllis flowers

There are many different Amaryllis colors! There are at least 500 different varieties of Amaryllis flowers. And there are many different Amaryllis colors too. Every year I photograph lots and lots of Amaryllis flowers at the Keukenhof Garden “the Amaryllis Parade” in the Netherlands and I can’t get enough of all the different shape, size and colors. Have a look at the different Amaryllis colors. Continue reading The different colors of a Amaryllis flowers

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Amaryllis, the perfect flower for Valentine’s Day …!

Valentine Gift Idea for the Romantic Gardener! Besides chocolate, the most common Valentine’s Day gift is flowers. Romantic gift-givers young and old tend to stress about picking out the perfect gift for their special someone. We will help you to find the perfect gift for your Valentine. Continue reading Amaryllis, the perfect flower for Valentine’s Day …!

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Ruth Sykes Choice – My Favorite Amaryllis flowers!

About me: My name is Ruth Sykes and am 76 years old. I live in Pietermaritzburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. For the last 30 years I have a passion for every aspect of gardening, in particular cross pollination of different types of hybrids, I am just an enthusiast with no training, the joy is in the doing and the pleasure and anticipation of what is to come. Continue reading Ruth Sykes Choice – My Favorite Amaryllis flowers!

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What’s in a name Amaryllis, Amarillis, Amarylis, Amaryllus, Amaryllises!

Amaryllis or as it is officially named “Hippeastrum”! For convenience, we will keep it in general usage and talk about the Amaryllis. What we noticed is that Amaryllis quite often written in different ways. What we noticed is that Amaryllis quite often written in different ways: Amarillis, Amaryllus, Amaryllises, Amaryllids, Amarilis, Amarilidaceae, Amarylis to name a few. Continue reading What’s in a name Amaryllis, Amarillis, Amarylis, Amaryllus, Amaryllises!

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Paul’s Choice – My Favorite Amaryllis flowers!

About me: My name is Paul Romijn and am 46 years old. I live in Hillegom, the Netherlands (Holland).
For over 25 years I have been working with Amaryllis bulbs. The first ten years at amaryllis nursery of W.S. Warmenhoven and later with a amaryllis trader Floralia / Frans van der Vlugt & Sons. Next to my work with amaryllis bulbs I also had a big interest in the world wide web. Continue reading Paul’s Choice – My Favorite Amaryllis flowers!