Amaryllis

The Amaryllis in my yard are starting to flower.  Each year around the end of October, or the first of November, I purchase a couple of Amaryllis bulbs to force to bloom in my home for the holiday’s.  In the Spring, I plant them outside either in flower beds or containers where they will continue to grow and flower for years to come.

Amaryllis do very well outside in Las Vegas.  Even though we get below freezing a couple of nights each winter, the Amaryllis survive.  I have Amaryllis planted beneath a long-needle pine tree in my front yard.

Amaryllis bulbs planted beneath a long-needle pine tree in Las Vegas, Nevada

Amaryllis bulbs planted beneath a long-needle pine tree in Las Vegas, Nevada

I also have more bulbs planted in various containers in my back yard.  Some of the containers are just Amaryllis bulbs, other containers have Amaryllis bulbs planted around a center plant of either a Clematis or a Hardy Hibiscus.

A blue ceramic pot with three red Amaryllis bulbs.

A blue ceramic pot with three red Amaryllis bulbs.

Most of the Amaryllis bulbs are the common varieties that are sold in home improvement stores or large discount stores around Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Occasionally, I will order a different variety from an on-line gardening retailer.

The Amaryllis below is a red Amaryllis with yellow in the center of the petals going toward the throat of the flower.

The Amaryllis below is another Apple Blossom Amaryllis with buds getting ready to open.  This particular bulb is going to have four flowers.  Depending on the health and size of the bulb, Amaryllis bulbs will produce either one or two stalks of flowers and each stalk can have from one to four flowers.

Apple Blossom Amaryllis flowers getting ready to open.

Apple Blossom Amaryllis flowers getting ready to open.


To learn more about Amaryllis flowers and bulbs you can visit one of these websites:

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