Native to South America, the amaryllis (Hippeastrum) flowering plant produces two or more large, cone-shaped blooms in colors ranging from crimson to white, some with red, orange and yellow streaks. Breeders like to propagate amaryllis to develop hybrids and hybrid clones.
Amaryllis is propagated from seeds, cuttings or offsets, also known as bulblets. The plant grows best in a mild climate and indoors in individual pots, according to North Dakota State University Agriculture Extension.
Although seeds do not always produce plants similar to their parents, Amaryllis seeds are quick growers and mature within four to five weeks after flower pollination.
Split a large bulb of a mature plant into several cuttings. With each cutting containing a piece of the base (stem tissue), propagate cuttings with one-third of bottom covered with sand. Then water. This process is called asexual propagation.
Propagate bulbs so the top one-third to one-half of each is above soil with no more than a 1-inch space between bulb and sides of the pot.
Amaryllis prefers soil high in organic matter, such as one part perlite to two parts loam soil to one part well-rotted manure, or peat and leaf mold, according to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.
- North Dakota State University Agruculture and University Extension: Growing the Delightful Amaryllis
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Guide to Growing Amaryllis
- The United States National Arboretum: How to Make Your Amaryllis Bloom Again
- The Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service: Understanding and Producing Amaryllis
- Garden Guides.com: How to Propagate Amaryllis Bulbs by Cutting
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