Amaryllis are native to various parts of the subtropics and tropics. The large, voluptuous bloomers are native to South America and were discovered in Chile in 1828. The hardy, Amaryllis belladonna, are native to South Africa. The Cybister Amaryllis were developed by the legendary, San Diego plant breeder, Fred Meyer, from amaryllis varieties collected in Brazil. Amaryllis began to enjoy popularity during the Victorian era and have continued to grow in popularity. Tropical Amaryllis have become one of the most beloved blooming houseplants now in commercial cultivation. Their gigantic, opulent blossoms bring unequalled beauty and joy to any environment during the dreary days of winter. The hardy Amaryllis are growing in popularity because of their unique bloom time (early fall) and vivid colors. Cybister Amaryllis are a relatively recent and are growing in popularity with Amaryllis conniseurs.
For best results, soak, ROOTS ONLY, for 12-24 hours by balancing the bulb on a jar of tepid water. Do not soak the bulb itself because it may cause the bulb to begin to rot. Depending on the size of the bulb, plant in a 6-8 in. diameter pot. Use a rich, heavy potting soil that drains easily and add some slow release fertilizer. Position the bulb so that its nose is above the rim of the pot and its shoulders are above the soil. Place the potted bulb in a warm, light-filled spot free from drafts. Allow the soil to dry out on top before watering. When the first shoots appear, begin to water with a half-diluted, blossom booster fertilizer. When the buds start to open, move the pot to a cooler area to prolong the bloom. It will take 6-10 weeks to produce blossoms.
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