Rio Negro Amaryllis
Hippeastrum papilio, the popular Butterfly Amaryllis, 'Rio Negro' charms with pinstriped red-and-white blooms with long, slender, widely-space petals. But it also adds a purple-streaked stem and very prolific blooms, creating the ideal winter holiday plant.
'Rio Negro' offers 1 to 3 stems per bulb. Each stem bears anywhere from 1 to 3 buds. The result is a bouquet of blooms over many, many weeks! And each flower is 6 inches wide (or a bit more), with a white base overlaid in dark red that appears solid near the base, fanning out into very narrow stripes as the petal progresses. Stunning!
Expect 'Rio Negro' to reach between 12 and 18 inches high. A Cybister type, it was developed from many strains of South American species. The long filaments are colorful as well. Such a refreshing change from traditional Amaryllis, it makes an attention-getting and very prolific holiday plant.
Grow Amaryllis any time of year - just pot the bulbs 6 to 8 weeks before the date you want it to begin blooming! Plant your bulb in a 6- to 8-inch pot or space closer if planting more than one together. Keep about 1/3 to 2/3 of the bulb exposed above the soil, and water it in thoroughly. Unless the soil looks dry, you should not water it again until green shoots appear. When the first growth appears, move the plant into a sunny spot and keep it well-watered until it blooms. Once the blooms open, move it out of direct sunlight to prolong the life of the flowers.
After the blooms pass, place the pot back in a sunny spot and keep watering and feeding it until the leaves turn yellow. (Most Amaryllis remain green for months, their deeply colored, strap-like foliage an attractive addition to the home or office.) When the foliage dies back, stop watering and keep the bulb potted up in a dry, cool place. Let it rest for at least 10 weeks before beginning the process all over again, and re-pot bulbs every 3 to 5 years to keep flowering at a peak.
If you live in a mild climate, Amaryllis will grow beautifully in your garden. Plant the bulbs about 8 inches deep, spacing 6 to 8 inches between plants. Fertilize the soil about 3 weeks after planting. Our top-size bulbs are certain to bloom heavily for many years. Zones 10-11.
|Zone||10 - 11|
|PlantHeight||12 in - 18 in|
|Additional Characteristics||Award Winner, Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Gift, Indoor Growing|
|Bloom Color||Dark Red, Green, Multi-Color|
|Foliage Color||Medium Green, Purple|
|Light Requirements||Part Shade|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Soil Tolerance||Normal, loamy|
|Uses||Containers, Cut Flowers, Houseplant, Ornamental|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|