This Amaryllis Is Hardy and Multiplies

Clump of Saint Joseph's Lilly

Clump of Saint Joseph’s Lily

hardy amaryllis

Notice how the flowers seem to radiate out in clusters of 4 to 6 blooms.

I must admit that I am always amazed at how tough this hardy amaryllis is in poor growing conditions. Commonly called Saint Joseph’s Lily (Hippeastrum x johnsonii), the ones in the photos are growing in a bed full of grass and never watered or fertilized. I have found that if they are pampered too much, they respond poorly for me. You might can find one in a garden center that features perennials, but the best way is to ask for one from a friend who has them. They can be dug and separated after blooming, or you can sometimes “steal a bulb” by digging along the side of the clump and carefully extracting one of the smaller bulbs. They like full sun, well drained to dry conditions, and to be left alone. It’s an old fashioned bulb with red flowers with a white stripe. I have seen several white ones in gardens in South Alabama, but I am not sure if they are sports or not. I need to stop and inquire if they might share. Then I will let you know.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

5 thoughts on “This Amaryllis Is Hardy and Multiplies

  1. Hay John,
    Your right looked it up and it’s a Crinum x powellii.
    Can’t work out how to send pictures. But I guess the problem is resolved now as we have solved the ”what is it” question I’ll do as you advised above.
    Thankyou John, I’m very impressed.

  2. Oh John…horrraayy, and no I know nothing for sure about these plants, I inherited them with my newish house, I’m sat in a very poor garden centre waiting/hoping for someone to advise me but can’t get any answers.So a big thankyou, I now don’t need to waite around. I did take photos to show them at garden centre but not sure if I can attach them on to you ? If not I will keep digging. And thankyou again

  3. Hi John I will be very surprised if I get a response as this is such an old post….but I’m having to rehome 2 huge Amaryllis, (I think) they both grow to 3ft tall and prob 2ft across, pale pink trumpet flowers and mounds of these daffodil like leaves which are approx 1 – 2ft in length. My problem is I started digging it out and it was really solid in the ground, but I have gone down at least 1.5 ft and still solid in the ground, so no luck with getting any movement to then lift out. I feel as thought I destroying my beautiful plant as very delicate roots are detaching from bulbs. It’s almost like sugar beat the main part in the ground very white and soft if cut into. So I have had to stopped to get some help and info. Any ideas John or anyone who reads this.

    • Are you sure they are amaryllis or a similar looking lily that blooms in summer called crinum. My guess is that since you have dug so deep it is a crinum. I have seen these bulbs very deep so keep digging and make sure you do not cut the bulb as you dig. Separate the bulbs you dig up. Seperate the bulbs and replant where the bulbs are at least 4 inches below the soil.

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