Care tips for Amaryllis


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When colloquially "Amaryllis" is mentioned, in most cases the knight star (Hippeastrum vittatum) is meant. Botanically, however, this is not entirely correct. Both plants are from the family Amaryllidaceae. At that time, the Swedish plant researcher Carl von Linné originally combined the knight stars from South America and the African belladonna ally - the real Amaryllis (Amaryllis belladonna) - into the botanical genus "Amaryllis". Later, the knight stars from the genus of Amaryllis were spun off again and are led since then with about 70 species and over 600 breeding forms as a separate botanical genus "Hippeastrum".
Strong, well-cared for Hippeastrum bulbs form three to four flower stalks with large, impressive flowers in a variety of color varieties and patterns. So you have many weeks in the winter - often until March - joy in the flowering Amaryllis splendor. Danger: As beautiful as they are - both Amaryllis and Hippeastrum are all poisonous! Therefore, we recommend a very careful handling of the winter beauties.

Key facts at a glance

  • In August leave the leaves to dry and cool
  • repot in November and lightly water
  • pour moderately as soon as the shoot is visible
  • after flowering, cut off the flower stem below
  • pour more and fertilize as soon as the leaves are there
  • Leave half shady at the end of May, water well and fertilize

Planting Guide for Amaryllis

Between December and February, place the thick amaryllis bulbs in sturdy, solid clay or plastic pots so that they are half covered with soil. Also in hydroponics, the onions thrive well. Here the onions can be completely covered with the clay balls. Immediately after planting vigorously. With the next watering you can take your time until the flower bud is visible.

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Then increase the watering as the plant's consumption increases with each bud and leaf. But attention: Waterlogging causes the onions to rot! Around five to eight weeks after planting, you can expect the first flowering. After flowering, the long-lived flower giants are nursed, sometimes surprising them with a second flowering in summer. After a two-month break in autumn, the cycle starts again in December.

The subtropical knight stars, like tulips and hyacinths, are among the bulbous flowers. Its life cycle differs from that of "normal" indoor plants: it is an adaptation to the changes between rainy and dry seasons in their homeland. The flowering phase in winter is followed by the growth phase in spring and summer. From late summer onwards, the resting phase begins and lasts until the beginning of December. In order for knight stars to flower as indoor plants as well, you have to simulate this rhythm with appropriate care measures.

Video: We show you how the Amaryllis is planted correctly

Amaryllis: care plan around the year

December and January: the flowering phase The knight star is poured moderately over the coaster, so that the onion remains dry. The flowers last the longest in bright, not too sunny places at 18 to 20 degrees room temperature.
February: The withered flowers are cut off along with the stem, the rest stops.

Amaryllis care plan December to July

Care plan for the Amaryllis from December to July

March April: The growth phase - water more often and keep the plant a little warmer so that the leaves develop well.

May to July: Add liquid fertilizer to the irrigation water every one to two weeks, and place the plants in a partially shaded spot outside. A good supply of daylight, water and nutrients is now important as the new flowers are already planted in the onion.

Amaryllis care August to December

The care of the Amaryllis from August to December

August: Now set the watering and let the foliage wilt so that the plant goes into the resting phase.
September and October: The resting phase - cut off all dried leaves and let the onion rest at about 15 degrees in dry soil. It can also stand dark, for example in the basement.
November: Plant the onion in fresh potting soil and let it halfway out of the soil. Tip: If the plant has formed bulbous bulbs, you can now remove them and plant them separately for propagation.The young onions take a few years to grow big enough to form their own pedicels.
December: Moisten the soil lightly and set the plant bright and room warm. Once the new pedicel is ten inches long, pour moderately once a week. Turn the pot 180 degrees every few days on the windowsill so that the peduncle does not lean too close to the light.
In our Gallery we present you attractive Amaryllis varieties with extraordinary flower colors:

Hippeastrum 'Exotica'

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The marbled pale yellow to pale apricot-orange flowers of Hippeastrum 'Exotica' are reminiscent of orchids

Care tips for Amaryllis: Amaryllis

Hippeastrum 'Lima' is an amaryllis of the Cybister type and has exceptionally fine flowers in red and light green

Care tips for Amaryllis: Hippeastrum

The white and pink flowers of Hippeastrum 'Apple Blossom' are reminiscent of large apple blossoms

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The bright yellow Hippeastrum 'Yellow Lemon' flowers from January to May

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Hippeastrum 'Gervase' shows filigree strawberry-colored, annoyed flowers

Care tips for Amaryllis: care

Hippeastrum 'Papilio Butterfly' stands out for its brown-red grain and green tips

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The particularly large, lily-like flowers of Hippeastrum 'Moonlight' are delicately yellow and green on the inside

Care tips for Amaryllis: Hippeastrum

Hippeastrum vittatum 'Sweet Nymph' is a new amaryllis with full-bodied pink flowers

Care tips for Amaryllis: flowers

Hippeastrum brasbonitas 'Pötschkes Royal' is a full-bloomed flowering amaryllis with four flowers on each stem

Hippeastrum 'Exotica'

Hippeastrum 'Lima'

Hippeastrum 'Apple Blossom'

Hippeastrum 'Yellow Lemon'

Hippeastrum 'Gervase'

Hippeastrum 'Papilio Butterfly'

Hippeastrum 'Moonlight'

Hippeastrum vittatum 'Sweet Nymph'

Hippeastrum brasbonitas 'Pötschkes Royal'

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