AMARYLLIS – MINERVA

COMMON NAME Minerva Amaryllis
BOTANICAL NAME Hippeastrum ‘Minerva
HEIGHT 3′
WIDTH 6″
MONOECIOUS
EVERGREEN
LIFESPAN Several years
PERENNIAL To promote flowering: After flowers fade, use a clean, sharp blade to cut the flowering stem 2″ above bulb. Keep foliage in tact, as this is how bulb replenishes food stores for the next time it blooms.
COLD TOLERANCE 20° F
SOIL TYPE Well drained
WATER REQUIREMENTS Water after planting in ground, and occasionally water thereafter, allowing the soil to dry completely between each watering. Constantly wet soil can cause bulbs to rot. Supplement with water during droughts and the Winter growing season.
DROUGHT TOLERANCE High
SALT TOLERANCE On foliage: Yes; In soil on roots: No
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Full sun to partial sun. Too little sun will inhibit future blooming.
FERTILIZING Do not fertilize bulbs unless there is foliage, as this can burn the bulbs. Sparingly use a general purpose, 10-10-10 a total of three times during the growing season: Once when new growth begins, a second time when the flowering stalk reaches 6″ to 8″, and a third time after cutting back a spent flowering stalk. Alternatively, use a slow-release fertilizer 3 times a year, when foliage is apparent. Halt fertilizing from the Fall to Winter, then begin again in the Spring. Do not allow fertilizer to clump, be sure to disperse evenly. Clumped fertilizer can potentially burn roots, potentially harming or killing a plant. Avoid getting fertilizer on the leaves, flowers, and stems. Do not over-fertilize, as this will result in more foliage and less flowers.
FLOWER Red with white stripes, decorated with intricate red veining and a bright green throat. Trumpet-shaped bloom filled with several stamens. 4 flowers will bloom from a tall, central stem, and last for 2 weeks.
MONTH OF COLOR Spring
FRUIT Flat, black seeds. Looks like squished raisins. Inedible.
ALLERGENS, TOXICITY AND ANIMALS Toxic to animals. (Dogs, cats, horses, humans.)
COMMENTS Filtered shade is best. Great for pots or planted in the ground. Propagates by seed or division by rhizome.
PRICE 3 gallon $13, 1 gallon $5