Flowers stay fresh an astounding 2 to 4 weeks!
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.
|Zone||8 - 10|
|BloomStartToEnd||Early Winter - Late Winter|
|PlantHeight||12 in - 15 in|
|BloomColor||Cream, Pink, Rose|
|Uses||Containers, Cut Flowers, Houseplant|
|Restrictions||Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam, Hawaii, Virgin Islands|