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Queen Amaryllis

 Phaedranassa carmioli - the Queen Amaryllis

Phaedranassa carmiolii

 

 Plant your bulb in a pot at least twice as wide as the bulb.  If you live in a hotter climate, it's best to use an oversized pot, to keep the bulb cooler.

 It likes well-draining soil.  A typical mix is 2 parts potting soil, 2 parts perlite or pumice, and 1 part horticultural sand.  

 Plant the bulb with the neck around soil level (slightly below or above it is fine).  Water the soil so it is evenly moist (but not soggy), and keep it this moist, unless it goes dormant.

Climate -- It comes from an area with mild temperatures, and cooler nights.  It has handled temperatures in the mid- to upper-80s (30C), but i don't know how it will fare in warmer conditions, especially if nights are warm.  In hotter climates, it may be wise to induce dormancy during the summer by letting the soil dry out, then store it in a cool spot until Autumn.  

 There are reports of the dormant bulb handling winter temperatures down to the low- to mid-20s (-5C) if planted deep, however i would protect it from all frost if you want it to grow throughout winter.

Fertilizing -- Feed about every 2-3 months with a general-purpose fertilizer.

Dormancy care -- The bulb may go dormant if the soil dries out competely.  If it goes dormant while the soil is moist, allow the soil to dry out a bit so it remains slightly moist until the bulb emerges from dormancy.  Avoid letting the soil dry out completely.

Pests -- Not usually bothered by pests, but mealy bugs might show up as cottony growth around the neck of the bulb.

 

 

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