Mainly Amaryllids Garden

Mainly Amaryllids Garden

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"A conservation garden for Amaryllid species and Hybrids"


Cultivation DetailsThe cultivation of Rainlilies is straightforward and easy, excluding those hard to grow types with specific needs. The Rainlily group includes the genus Habranthus, Zephyranthes and Cooperia. These bulbs have been recorded in notes from Central and South America, and Southeast and Southwest USA and Mexico. For growing these wonderful little bulbs, I use a mixture of 1 part sand, 1 part garden loam and 2 parts potting medium. I grow the majority in an 8" pot. This helps them to dry out faster after watering, and, if you have top move them, there is little drama in doing so. Most of our Rainlilies are left to dry out somewhat over cooler months, the dormant or lesser growing period for most species and hybrids. Rainlilies are very easy to grow from seed and transplant just as easily as a bulb. Feeding is with a light dressing of finished or composted cow manure 2 or 3 times during the growing/flowering period. We grow ours on the West wall and they get full sun for part of the day all year round. They do well positioned here and consistently flower. The seed on most of the Rainlily species forms quite freely and is easily obtained. Seeds are harvested when the seedpod begins to split. They are sown directly into an 8" pot and left there until they flower. Cover the seeds with 1/3" 50-50 of seed raising mixture and sand. Place these with your other pots of Rainlilies and water as usual. In very dry areas, you can place a small amount of straw on top of the medium to slow the drying out of the seeds. The biggest killer of seeds, during the germinating period, is drying out! We have a very good selection of Rainlilies growing here at Mainly Amaryllids Garden. Please contact me if you would like more information on bulbs or seeds.
Special RequirementsNot too much water during the dormant period, some species and hybrids can easily rot inthe cold and wet. (does not apply to species from desert regions, which get absolutly none!)

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