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Vera Amaryllis
Humongous 9-inch Blooms of Bubblegum Pink!

Vera Amaryllis

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Item # 07976
$14.95
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Flowers stay fresh an astounding 2 to 4 weeks!

The perfect baby-girl gift . . . for any age!
Just in time for Valentine's Day comes this candy-pink Amaryllis, one of the largest-flowered and most beautiful I have ever seen. Even if you do not normally like pink blooms, the soft, rose-flushed base and creamy stripes of these massive blossoms will win your heart. A full 9 inches across and arising 4 per stem, they are simply an explosion of rich color that transforms any setting from the dining room table to the office cubicle.

Despite her enormous blooms, Vera is quite compact. Stems reach just 12 to 15 inches tall, accentuating the huge flower size. Ideal for Valentine's Day, newborn baby girls, and gray winter days, this is a robust, very reliable Amaryllis you will treasure for years!

Like all Countryside Amaryllis, Vera can be grown at any time of year -- just pot it up 6 to 8 weeks before the date you want it to begin blooming! The flowers are very long-lasting -- several weeks is common, or up to a week if cut for the vase -- and trouble-free.

To get years of color from your Amaryllis, plant it in a small pot (or space close to other bulbs if planting more than one together) so that the bulb will concentrate its energy into making blooms, not growing roots. 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 very 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 (finally) pass, trim their stems down to a few inches, 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, remove the plant from sun, stop watering, and keep the bulb potted up in a dry, cool place. Let it rest for at least 10 weeks before beginning the color show all over again!

If you do re-pot you bulb (which you probably should every 3 to 5 years), you may notice small bulbils growing along the edges of the main bulb. These may be left alone or potted separately and grown as new plants (though they will take several years to reach mature size, of course).

If you live in a tropical climate (zones 9-10), Amaryllis will grow like Topsy 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. Blooms appear in mid- to late winter.

Genus Hippeastrum
Variety Vera
ItemForm Bulb
Zone 8 - 10
BloomStartToEnd Early Winter - Late Winter
Habit Upright
PlantHeight 12 in - 15 in
BloomSize 8 in
BloomColor Cream, Pink, Rose
LightRequirements Full Sun
MoistureRequirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Heat Tolerant
SoilTolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Containers, Cut Flowers, Houseplant
Restrictions Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam, Hawaii, Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Average Based on 1 Reviews Write a Review
Best forcing bulb ever!!
Holliman from AL wrote (September 06, 2013):
Huge blooms!!!. Easy to grow. A very interesting , beautiful shade of pink. Long-lasting. Worth the extra money.