Dutch Amaryllis 'Exotic Star'
Fascinating creamy petals etched with scarlet.
While other Amaryllis may sound a trumpet tone of color through their mighty bells, this variety weaves together more multi-layered tones: one can imagine subtle, soft sounds building through its fluted throats into epic scores along their wide-open petals (which, with their striping, even look like orchestral scores). Exotic Star is also reminiscent of tropical plants such as Crotons or Calladiums, with petals featuring thin and slightly random speckling of scarlet against pale-green surfaces. A fascinating specimen plan that adds richness and nuance to your interior plantscape.
Most bulbs will not bloom until after the winter holidays.
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Amaryllis are one of the easiest bulbs to force inside for cheery winter blooms.
Plant the bulbs in average, well-drained potting soil with 2/3rds of the bulb below the soil and 1/3rd (the "shoulders") above. Amaryllis like a snug container - choose a heavy pot with good drainage that is slightly bigger than the bulb, allowing for about 1" extra on all sides and at the bottom.
Place the pot in bright sunlight at room temperature, away from drafts. Bottom warmth (such as a radiator) may speed emergence.
Water very sparingly until the foliage emerges and is at least 2" tall (this may take between 2-8 weeks), then provide even water at the soil level when the soil is dry. Amaryllis are sensitive to overwatering, so be sure to discard any excess water.
Amaryllis flower stalks can grow quite tall, so support in the form of a stick or cane may be required.
To try retaining Amaryllis bulbs for future years: Cut off spent flowers after blooming is finished, but leave the stalk and leaves in place to nourish the bulb. Continue watering, and provide small doses of diluted houseplant fertilizer about once a month. To force the bulbs to winter bloom again, move them to a dark, dry spot (like a basement), and cease watering, allowing the foliage to die back. After about 12 weeks, bring the pot back out, remove the dead foliage, refresh the soil, give a small drink of water, and begin the process again.
|Days to Maturity
|8-12 weeks after planting
|2/3rds of the bulb below the surface of the soil, 1/3rd above
|Bulbs per Square Foot
|Height at Maturity
|Hardiness Zone Range
|indoors, or 9-10
If necessary based on weather conditions along your package route, orders containing Amaryllis will include warming pack(s) to protect your bulbs from potential freezing temperatures in transit and ensure success.