Exotic Dutch Amaryllis
Slightly fragrant, these magnificent, varieties can produce three stems per bulb with four to six flowers per stem with long, greenish-white necks. These trumpet-shaped flowers open facing outward and gradually hang down as the blooms mature.
These exotic, species-type varieties are most fanciful. They are characterized by their slender, spidery flowers. Evergreen varieties, they should be grown throughout the year in good sized pots.
These slightly diminutive Amaryllis will produce blooms a bit smaller than Single Dutch Amaryllis.
Our Dutch Amaryllis usually flower in eight to twelve weeks once potted (if you want Amaryllis to bloom for Christmas, choose from among our Christmas Flowering Amaryllis). Prior to potting, store the bulbs at a dry 50°F with good ventilation and moderate humidity at about 65% to keep roots pliable and healthy. They are best planted from October through February. Plant each bulb in a cozy pot (about 1” between the bulb and the pot) with 25% of the bulb above soil level to prevent water from collecting in the bulb sprout. Use a well-draining, neutral pH, sterile potting soil. Firmly tamp down the soil and give the bulb a good drink of tepid water. Do not water again until green growth appears: early over watering inhibits root growth. Place the pot in direct sunlight at room temperature for optimum root, height and color development. If the bulb is slow to wake out of dormancy, apply bottom heat with a seed growing mat, heating pad or food warming tray. Once it starts to grow, water regularly like a normal houseplant. Never mist or use overhead irrigation. Sword-like foliage may appear before, during or after flowering.
(Note: Amaryllis bulbs are sized at harvest by measuring the bulb’s circumference. After harvest, they shrink as they dry and their outer skins may become reddish-brown or shriveled.) Bulb size: variable depending on the variety.