Amaryllis


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Amaryllis
Common Name: Amaryllis
Botanical Name: Hippeastrum spp. (Amaryllis spp.) (hip-ee-AS-trum)
Decorative Life: Ranges from 10 to 24 days with the longer time when being held at 65F.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Needs high light or weak stems might develop. Pre-cooled, ready to flower bulbs can be rooted and flowered in water with no soil (growing media). Toothpicks placed directly into bulbs in a fan like pattern are sometimes used for support when grown in water, similar to how avocado seeds are sometimes supported in water to germinate.
  • Ingestion may cause minor illness.
Harvest Instructions: Growers need to be aware that there are many cultivars to select from, most of which can exhibit different postharvest qualities. Harvest when first flower stalk is about 12 inches long.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Amaryllidaceae (amaryllis family).
  • Native to subtropical South America.
  • Common relatives include daffodil, alstroemeria, nerine, clivia and lycoris.
Personality:
  • Flowers are in the form of open trumpets, 3-5 inches across, in groups of 2-5 at stem ends.
  • Stems are 18-30 inches long, leafless, hollow.
  • Plant is a bulbous perennial, classed as a monocotyledon, leaves mostly parallel veined.
  • Flowers are not fragrant.
Availability: Spring to mid summer, mid fall to winter.
Flower Color: White, pink, red, bicolors.
Tidbits:
  • Flower forms are categorized as trumpet, belladonna, regina, Leopoldi, miniatures, doubles, and orchid-flowered.
  • Commonly grown as a cut flower as well as a potted plant.
  • Most cultivated types are probably hybrids.
  • Depending on the stage of growth, will generally do well in light levels at least bright enough to read a newspaper in comfort but more light would be better. When arranging in floral foam, insert bamboo stakes into centers of hollow stems for stability.
Recent Findings: De Hertogh and Gallitano (1998) report that the best packing material for the bulbs after harvest was one utilizing hout-wol, a type of excelsior, in perforated polyethylene bags held in perforated cardboard boxes.
Amaryllis
Common Name: Amaryllis, Naked-Lady
Botanical Name: Hippeastrum spp. (Amaryllis belladonna and A. spp.) (hip-ee-AS-trum (am-a-RIL-is bel-a-DON-a))
Decorative Life: 8-14 days.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Stem ends prone to splitting and curling but this can be prevented if placed in sugar solutions (about 2 tablespoons per quart of water) for 24 hours prior to use.
  • Ingestion may cause minor illness.
Harvest Instructions: Topple disease (bending of the stem just below the flower, similar to bent neck in roses or gerbera) is associated with low tissue calcium levels and is aggravated by stem blockage. Growers should therefore make sure that the calcium fertilization schedule is adequate. Also, postharvest solutions that promote water uptake can actually aggravate this disorder, Namely, the better a solution is in maintaining water uptake, the worse the stem topple.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Amaryllidaceae (amaryllis family).
  • Native to subtropical South America.
  • Related species include daffodil, alstroemeria, nerine, clivia, lycoris.
Personality:
  • Flowers trumpet-shaped, 3-5 inches across, in groups of 2-5 at stem ends.
  • Stems are 18-30 inches long, leafless, hollow.
  • Plant is a bulbous perennial, classed as a monocotyledon, leaves mostly parallel veined.
  • Flowers have no fragrance.
Availability: Spring to mid summer, mid fall to winter.
Flower Color: White, pink, red, bicolors.
Storage Specifics: If properly hydrated beforehand, this species lasts remarkably well when arranged without water, although this process is not recommended. Store at 41-50F, up to 10 days dry.
Tidbits:
  • Flower forms are categorized as trumpet, belladonna, regina, Leopoldi, miniatures, doubles, and orchid-flowered.
  • Commonly grown as a potted plant as well as a cut flower. Named for a shepherdess in Greek mythology.
  • Most cultivated types are probably hybrids.
  • When arranging in floral foam, insert bamboo stakes into centers of hollow stems for stability.