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The Wonders of Amaryllis
October 9, 2011

The wonders of Amaryllis

Anyone who sees these large, glorious, indoor blooming beauties falls in love. The flowers seem to glitter as though they were covered in diamond dust and the variety of colours and flower forms is amazing. It's equally amazing that they're so easy to grow since the results are so spectacular. Those of you who are familiar with the giant-flowered forms may not have seen some of our more uncommon ones. A shame; they're just as easy to grow as the big ones. Click here to visit our Amaryllis page.

Amaryllis originated in Central and South America and have been hybridized since the late 19th century to create the Amaryllis we know today. These hybridizers worked in different parts of the world and, like artists, have developed their own styles. For the past several years we've focused on the Hadeco strains from the Barnhoorn family in South Africa. This year we've added some Dutch hybrids to expand the variety of our selection. The Dutch Amaryllis will come into bloom later than the African varieties, so get some of each type and have Amaryllis in bloom nearly all winter!

Dugald Cameron
President & Chief Bulb Nut

Our African Amaryllis arrive this week!

Hadeco Amaryllis are grouped into 3 sizes which are charmingly named after musical forms. The giant-flowered ones are Symphonies, medium size are Sonatas and the miniature-flowered ones are called Sonatinis. While some of you may have grown Hadeco's fabulous big ones, it is their small Sonatini Amaryllis that deserve more attention. The Sonatinis make smaller bulbs which is why we sell them in threes which when planted together in a pot give you a multiflowered bouquet of bloom.

All Amaryllis are early spring flowering. African Amaryllis bloom at Christmas: springtime in South Africa. We have to keep them at a chilly 4-9 degrees Celcius to keep them from flowering before we can deliver them to our customers. The great thing about them is that once potted they will bloom in less than a month and because they are shorter they're less likely to fall over.

(Sonata Amaryllis) A delicious double with triple sets of creamy-white petals and a lime green throat. Each bulb averages 2 stems and twelve 15cm (6") blooms. Ht. 44cm (17.5"). One of our favourites.

(Sonatini Amaryllis) A white star is delicately etched into each heavenly pink flower. Cupido will produce 2 to 3 stalks and ten 10cm. (4") flowers in all. Ht. 25cm. (10"). Top size 18/20cm. bulbs.

(Sonatini Amaryllis) Trumpet-shaped, cream-coloured flowers with fine scarlet lines and green throats. This Sonatini will produce 2 to 3 flower stalks and up to 10 flowers. Plant 3 to a pot and you can have a bouquet of bloom. Ht. 30cm (12").

(Sonatini Amaryllis) The greenest of all the greens they've ever produced, with up to eight 7cm (2.75") blooms. A prolific and reliable performer that's best planted in 3 to a pot. Ht. 32cm (13"). Top size 18/20cm bulbs.

(Symphony Amaryllis) Brilliant scarlet 15cm (6") blooms with deep scarlet centres and deep scarlet veins. You'll get an average of 6 flowers per stem and 2-3 stems per bulb. Ht. 30cm (12"). Top size 28/30cm bulbs.

(Symphony Amaryllis) Pure white flowers with a green throat. Intokazi produces 2 stems and a total of 7-17cm. (6.75") flowers from each 30/32cm bulb.

(Sonatini Amaryllis) An abundance of smaller 7.6cm (3") cerise-red blooms on sturdy stalks. Each bulb averages 2 stems with ten blooms. Ht. 20cm (8"). Top size 18/20cm bulbs.

The Dutch have many hybridizers of Amaryllis and I picked this year's selection when I visited a show in Holland last year. I was taken by the colours and unique forms of these three. These will bloom in March/April.

A gloriously green, orchid-flowered beauty that sports 4-5 flowers per stem and makes a perfect companion to our green-centred ROSALIE.

A delightfully unpredictable colour combination of pure scarlet petals and white petals streaked and veined with scarlet on 17cm (6.8") flowers. It can't seem to make up its mind as to which colour each petal should be.

Luscious 19cm (7.5") salmon flowers with white brushed midribs and a light green throat. A unique colour. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.§ion=SFB

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