Amaryllis belongs to the Amaryllidacea family and is actually called Hippeastrum. Amaryllis and Hippeastrum are two closely related genera and are often confused. The biggest difference is in the stem. Amaryllis has a massive stem and Hippeastrum a hollow stem. Hippeus means knight and Astrum star, hence the Dutch name Ridderster. Hippeastrum is now available in many types and colors. In the past this was mainly only red and pink, now almost all colors are conceivable. A light or shady place are both possible. Keep the soil moist and fertilising is not necessary.
You can store an amaryllis in a pot to make it bloom again. After the last flowers, you must remove the stems. Leave the bulb in the pot and water. After four weeks cut off the leaf and remove the bulb from the pot. Place it in a cool, dry place, 10 to 17 ° C (cellar etc.) Leave the bulb for about 13 weeks, then replant it in a pot. Give the bulb water again and keep the room temperature again. The bulb will make leaves again and then give flowers again. Good luck. This bulbs also does well outside. The bulb can be planted outdoors from the beginning of May. Also keep the soil moist here again for the best result. Make sure the bulb is in a place where it can not catch too much wind so that the petals remain beautiful.
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