Amaryllis Flower: A Complete Care Guide

Amaryllis Flower

In this article we will talk about the amaryllis flower, a plant with very striking flowers, we will talk about its meaning, its origin, its varieties, its care, and some other things.

The amaryllis or amaryllis flower, its technical name is: Hippeastrum .

It is a bulbous plant that presents a variety of greater than 70 species.

This plant is native to the American continent, we can find it in different latitudes from the Caribbean areas to the areas of Argentina and Chile.

This is a permanent leaf plant with a very distinctive flower and is currently planted throughout the planet as an ornamental plant. 

The amaryllis or amaryllis flower does not require specific care. This means that it is a plant that can be grown very easily, and that adapts very well largely to indoor environments.

Meaning of amaryllis flower

The amaryllis flower does not have a particular legend as a large number of flowers, but it is frequently used to express the two elements of human character. It symbolizes man, with all its achievements and its contradictions. 

This double factor has been directly linked to its shape.

This is because the amaryllis flower has a large and strong size, and it is for this reason that one of its meanings is linked to pride. And this is the motif that is given to proud and tenacious people.

At the same time, its meaning is related to the delicacy of its colors, which is characterized by shyness: this flower belongs to people who struggle to express themselves, who struggle to be able to speak to others, who struggle to express their feelings. 

This double meaning: character and beauty, give it the privilege of being presented on almost any occasion, either individually or as a whole.

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Origin of the amaryllis flower

The name of the amaryllis flower comes from a feminine name, of Greek origin, and which at the same time is a derivative of the verb amarysso, whose meaning is shine.

The well-known Roman poet named Virgil (who lived between 70 – 19 BC) names it in the Bucolics (which were composed between 42 and 39 BC), when Tityrus (a shepherd) praises the beauty of its amaryllis flowers. 

This plant is also known by the name of: it is mother-in-law and daughter-in-law because its petal on the same stem always blooms with their backs turned.

An ancient indigenous population of Africa, used the extract of the amaryllis flower bulbs, to mix it with other plants, used to make the poison that was placed at the tips of the arrows that were used for hunting. 

The amaryllis flower bulb has a large number of alkaloids, which is a highly toxic substance.

Another name that is also given to the amaryllis flower is naked woman because at the time of flowering it does not have leaves. 

The amaryllis flower varieties

The amaryllis flower presents a great variety, next, we are going to present some different aspects and colors.

One of the most beautiful amaryllis flowers is triple red white, this beautiful flower has characteristic stems and colors. 

This amaryllis flower has the same shape as the rest, with the exception of its colors (white and red). 

Besides, it has three flowers obliquely one above the other, which gives it a beautiful appearance, the combination of white colors is excellent.

Another of the amaryllis flower varieties is triple red, this is very similar to triple red white, with the exception that it is only red; This is a very striking flower and also has a bright green stem.

Another of the varieties is the triple white amaryllis flower, this beautiful flower is completely white, but it is not similar to the white amaryllis, because it has triple flowers and is very remarkable.

We have the double pink amaryllis flower, it is beautiful it has double petals and it stands out because it is totally pink, but in the same way as the previous variety, this one is not similar to the pink amaryllis flower.

The picotee amaryllis flower, this is one of the most beautiful within the variety and is somewhat different from the rest, its flowers are different because their beaks are slightly more pointed than the other amaryllis flowers.

We have the mont blanc amaryllis flower, this is another of the amaryllis flowers that has a white color and is very similar to the white amaryllis flower. 

We have another variety called red lion amaryllis flower, this flower is quite similar to the red amaryllis flower.

The amaryllis flower santa fe, is one of the most beautiful varieties because its colors are equivalent to purity, it presents the colors: white, pink and green, apart from the green of its stem and leaves, the combination is very beautiful giving it a very striking aspect.

Among other varieties is the strong white red amaryllis flower, whose flower has very intense colors, presenting both colors, but the white stands out much more. 

Other varieties of the amaryllis flower are large white red, which has flowers larger than the rest of the species.

 Another variety is the white red amaryllis flower, which has both colors in the same proportion.

We have the pink amaryllis flower that we already mentioned above, the pale violet amaryllis flower that has a pale violet color, which transmits delicacy and serenity and finally, we have the violet amaryllis flower that is very similar to pale violet but its color is much more intense.

Double amaryllis flower

The double amaryllis flower is very striking, because its flowers with double petals turn out to be spectacular, this is one of the varieties of the amaryllis flower because its double flowers can be found in different colors.

These plants are native to Peru, they are part of the amaryllidaceae family, this plant has a large bulb that measures from five to eight cm in diameter; Its leaves appear upright and are of a fairly intense green color, they measure fifty (50) to sixty (60) cm in length, they usually bloom in the spring months.

The double amaryllis flower is beautiful and undoubtedly has an important place within the variety of its species, as they have beautiful and vibrant colors, but they have a more impressive appearance.

Giant amaryllis

The giant amaryllis flower is one of the most beautiful amaryllis flowers, each of these species requires true care. 

This variety especially requires abundant sunlight, but with great care so that the sun’s rays do not wilt the flowers

Another care that this plant needs is watering, it should not be watered from above, that is, wetting the flower, because it will wilt very quickly and later die, the important thing is to water it by the stem without reaching exaggerate, that is, neither too much nor too little.

This amaryllis flower has a slightly larger size than normal amaryllis flowers, as its name indicates, although they do not differ much in relation to size, giant amaryllis flowers can be distinguished very easily. The colors of its flowers are very bright.

Colors

The colors of the amaryllis flower are regularly very striking, they present colors such as: red, orange, pink, purple and white, sometimes these beautiful plants can be found with pure colors, and in other cases in combination for example: white color with pink or red and a white star-shaped center.

The truth is that the colors that these amaryllis flowers have are the most beautiful, a place where abundant amaryllis flower plants are grown, it will turn out to be quite a color show, their colors are very striking. Below we present in detail the most common colors of these beautiful flowers.

White

This turns out to be one of the most beautiful amaryllis flowers,(I know I said that many times, they are all the most beautiful lol) its white color symbolizes purity, and it is widely used to decorate interior spaces due to its neutral color (for example: offices, doctor’s offices, among others).

The time for the white amaryllis flower to reproduce is in the autumn months and in the spring months, they are plants that flower very quickly between four and six weeks. 

These can reach approximately 56 cm high, they are very easy to plant and care is an essential part of these plants to live long.

Pink amaryllis

The pink amaryllis flower is beautiful flowers, despite the fact that the pink color is not very intense, they are ideal for growing in patios and gardens, their color is harmonious, this plant is native to South Africa.

The pink amaryllis flower is known by other names, the most popular is pink lily, but there are others such as lily of Santa Paula, it is also called lily Bella Dona.

Red amaryllis

The red amaryllis flower, this has an intense red color, can be confused with other plants for its color, these beautiful flowers can be obtained in the different florists because they are quite common. 

This plant is native to the American continent, especially Argentina and Brazil, and is part of the amaryllidaceae family; These plants reproduce by means of bulbs or by means of seeds.

Orange amaryllis

The orange amaryllis flower presents flowers with a lot of brightness, of a very beautiful orange color, which when used to decorate turns out to be truly spectacular. 

These should be placed in cool environments and kept hydrated, fertilizer should also be placed on each plant and they should be watered from the stem to prevent the flowers from wilting.

The orange amaryllis flower must be very well cared for, to prevent the plant from dying prematurely, these plants are quite common, the watering, care, and reproduction are similar to the rest of the other varieties of amaryllis.

How to care for the Amaryllis Flower

To take care of the amaryllis flower plant you must follow some tips and you can enjoy this beautiful plant in your home or garden:

The reproduction of the amaryllis flower can be done by various methods. The most common method is to do it by means of its seeds, which should be sown at the beginning of the summer, if they germinate quickly, within days of being sown. 

From these seeds, a new plant will sprout, with its bulb, its leaves and its flowers.

But we must take into consideration that new plants that emerge from seeds can take up to six years to flower, this is a very common method of reproduction in nurseries, but it is rare in particular cases.

But there is another very common way to achieve the reproduction of the amaryllis plant, and that is by doing it through the young flowers. 

The shoots are smaller bulbs that grow on the sides of the main bulb. 

If these shoots are separated from the main bulb and planted separately, they produce a new amaryllis plant. For these cases, the first flowering will take between three and four years to appear.

Seeds

The reproduction of the amaryllis flower by seeds is relatively easy, the reproduction of these plants through the planting of the bulbs, is the most used method because although the seeds are given by the same plant, they take longer to reproduce in compared to the bulbs, which are much faster.

The seeds of the amaryllis flower are small seeds that are black and very fine, these plants produce seeds in a fantastic way, each child of the plant produces a ball of seeds, these balls are hidden in them.

These seeds are very fine and can be planted in small spaces, that is, a medium pot would work perfectly. 

At the beginning you can plant the seeds in a small container, later these shoots will have to be transplanted to a pot, which will be the rest of their lives. 

Before they are transplanted they must be of a reasonable size, this means a size that is proportional in order to transplant and allow it to develop.

At the time of planting the seeds, no measures are needed, because since the seeds are so thin that they can be on top of each other if they have good soil that is fertilized, they can germinate a large number of seeds, in the end not all seeds germinate.

But they should not be completely covered, the seeds should be shallow, so that they can germinate otherwise they will not be born, they should be watered with little water, preferably from a distance, that is, just a few drops so that the seeds adhere to the ground, but this is not necessary and the soil is well fertilized, to cover the seeds use a trowel so that the seeds are not too covered.

Flower bulb

The most common form of reproduction of amaryllis or Hippeastrum plants is directly in bulbs. 

In this way, the only thing needed is to grab the bulb that is already developed and plant it in the ground, where we want the plant to develop.

That said, it is important to note that the amaryllis plant bulbs have to be seeded, leaving the top of the bulb off the ground. What is most recommended is that one third of the bulb be left off the ground.

This will allow the plant to develop normally and the leaves and flowers to sprout in less time.

If, on the other hand, the bulb is completely covered by the substrate, it is most likely damaged and will not develop. After planting it correctly, it should be watered abundantly, but preventing waterlogging of the pot.

The location and the light

This is a plant that comes from tropical regions. But it is preferable to prevent exposure to direct sunlight, to avoid burning your leaves and flowers.

If we place it in the internal part of the houses, it is recommended to place it near a window, so that it has good lighting, but without direct sunlight.

Irrigation

Concerning irrigation, it is very important that this plant has a humid soil habitually, but trying to avoid waterlogging because this could cause the bulb to rot. 

For this reason, it is recommended that the substrate contains organic material mixed with soil and that it also has good drainage, good drainage can be guaranteed if a layer of small stones is placed at the bottom of the pot.

Temperature

The amaryllis flower plant does not get along very well in cold environments, the ideal temperature is around 20 degrees centigrade. 

For this reason, it is necessary that during the cold season we locate the plant in the interior part of the house.

It is also recommended to put compost in the summer and autumn months so that it can have the necessary nutrients, to be able to withstand the low temperatures without problems. 

But, if we place the amaryllis flower plant inside the house, it is essential that we avoid locating it near heat sources, such as radiators; most of the time they are near the windows.

Pests

This plant is very sensitive to attack by insects and defoliating animals, such as: caterpillars, slugs and snails. 

For this reason, it is necessary to constantly monitor the possible presence of this type of pests and carry out sprays with a natural insecticide, when you have the slightest indication of the pest or, even it can be applied preventively every so often.

I hope the article was helpful.