How to Plant Pink Lady Lily Bulbs


Amaryllis belladonna or Belladonna lily is what to ask for when looking for pink lady lily bulbs. It is also known as a naked lady or magic lily. Pink lady lilies are native to South Africa so they like a dry, hot climate. The stems of the plants grow up to 11/2 feet tall and then flower with large trumpet-like lily flowers. They have a mild fragrance. After flowering the leaves appear, which is where the naked lady name stems from. The Amaryllis belladonna or pink lady lily is hardy in USDA zones 7 through 10.

Step 1

Choose an area in the fall that is in full sun and is not a low spot in the landscape. The soil needs to be well-draining. If amendments will not be enough to keep the water draining well, plan on raising the planting area a few inches.

Step 2

Dig holes slightly deeper than the bulb from bottom to the pointed tip. The holes should be twice as wide as the bulb.

Step 3

Mix the dug out soil to a ratio of 1 part soil, 1 part compost and 1 part peat moss. Planting holes should be about a foot apart.

Step 4

Place a handful of bone meal into each planting hole and place the pink lady lily bulb in with the tip facing up. The tip of the bulb should be just below the surface of the ground. Fill in and cover the bulb with the amended soil.

Step 5

Water the bulbs thoroughly immediately after planting to encourage root growth. The bulb will continue to grow roots throughout the fall and start to sprout the following summer.

Tips and Warnings

  • When there are no leaves on the plant, do not water as the bulbs are dormant.

Things You'll Need

  • Amaryllis belladonna bulbs
  • Spade
  • Bone meal
  • Compost
  • Peat moss


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