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Some of the most popular Amaryllis (and Hippeastrum) grown in New Zealand include:
Amaryllis prefer full sun and a well-drained soil. They can tolerate dry periods but do benefit from regular watering during the growing season.
Amaryllis are typically propagated by bulb offsets. These are small bulbs that form around the parent bulb. These can be removed from the parent plant and planted in separate pots to grow on as new plants.
To harvest Amaryllis flowers, simply cut them off the plant at the base. Arrange them in a vase or other floral arrangement.
There are a few issues that can be encountered with Amaryllis:
Amaryllis and Hippeastrum are two closely related genera of bulbous plants in the family Amaryllidaceae. They were once thought to be the same genus, but they are now recognized as distinct. Amaryllis has only one species, Amaryllis belladonna, which is native to South Africa. Hippeastrum, on the other hand, has over 90 species, which are native to South America and Central America. Despite their differences, Amaryllis and Hippeastrum are often used interchangeably as they produce similar flowers.
Amaryllis will come back year after year as long as they receive proper care:
If you are storing the bulb, be sure to keep it dry and cool. If you are repotting the bulb, ensure it is going into well-draining soil.
The best time to buy an amaryllis bulb in New Zealand is during the autumn months, typically from March to May. This is because amaryllis bulbs need a cool dormancy period of about eight weeks before they can be forced into bloom for the Christmas season. Planting an amaryllis bulb in the autumn will give it enough time to go through its dormancy period and be ready to bloom by Christmas.
Amaryllis bulbs can multiply over time. They produce offsets, which are small bulbils that develop at the base of the main bulb. These offsets can eventually be separated from the main bulb and grown into new plants.
Once your amaryllis has finished flowering, you can follow these steps to care for it so it flowers again in the future:
Here are some important facts about amaryllis:
Amaryllis plants have a specific blooming cycle that is triggered by several factors, including temperature, light, and dormancy. Here's a breakdown of the key triggers that induce flowering in amaryllis:
By providing the right combination of temperature, light, watering, fertilization, and offset removal, you can effectively trigger your amaryllis plant to bloom and enjoy its vibrant, long-lasting flowers.
The name "amaryllis" is derived from a Greek shepherdess in Virgil's pastoral poem Eclogues, (from the Greek ἀμαρύσσω, amarysso, 'to sparkle').
There are two main legends associated with the amaryllis flower, both of Greek origin.
Myth of Amaryllis and Alteo
The most well-known myth of amaryllis is the tale of Amaryllis, a beautiful maiden who fell deeply in love with a shepherd named Alteo. Alteo, however, was indifferent to Amaryllis's affections and rejected her advances. Heartbroken, Amaryllis sought guidance from the Oracle of Delphi, who advised her to pierce her heart with a golden arrow.
Desperate to win Alteo's love, Amaryllis followed the Oracle's instructions and pierced her heart with the arrow. As she collapsed to the ground, her blood mingled with the soil, giving rise to a magnificent flower with a heart-shaped spathe, symbolizing her enduring love.
Alteo, witnessing this tragic scene, was overcome with remorse and grief. He touched the flower, and miraculously, Amaryllis was revived. From that day on, Alteo reciprocated Amaryllis's love, and the amaryllis flower became a symbol of unwavering devotion and the transformative power of love.
Myth of Amaryllis and the Shepherdesses
Another Greek myth associates the amaryllis with the transformation of a group of shepherdesses into flowers. According to the legend, a group of shepherdesses were dancing in the meadows when they were spotted by Artemis, the goddess of the hunt. Artemis, angered by their disruption of her sacred domain, turned them into amaryllis flowers.
This myth serves as a reminder of the potential consequences of disrespecting the divine and the natural world. The amaryllis flower, with its striking beauty and symbolic significance, embodies both the power of nature and the importance of respecting its boundaries.
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