The winter beauty Amaryllis is known in this country rather than Ritterstern. Florists claim that the common name Amaryllis is not correct, they are two different bulbous flowers that show their flowers in the dreary winter months and are often confused. The reason is actually in history. Previously, both plants were botanically named as Amaryllis, later they were rearranged differently. The real Amaryllis (Amaryllis belladonna) is native to South Africa. It blooms in the fall and has fragrant, pink flowers. Very often, however, in the vernacular under Amaryllis the knight star is meant. He comes from South America and is assigned to the genus Hippeastrum. This name comes from the Greek, hippeos means knight and astron means star. This is in full harmony with the star-shaped flowers that enchant us at Christmas. No matter what you call these winter beauties, one thing is for sure: they are subtropical bulbous flowers that need to be properly cared for so we can admire their flowers every Christmas!
The genus of these bulbous plants currently includes about 70 species and over 600 breeding forms. That’s why there is a great variety of colors and patterns. The color palette of the blooms reaches from white over pink and red up to dark red nuances. There are also great mixed forms. But do not be seduced by this wintry beauty and stay alert as all its parts are poisonous! Therefore, a careful handling of the plant is announced here, preferably it should be far away from small children and pets!
The Amaryllis is a popular houseplant of many Germans in winter, because it is just blooming at Christmas. Thanks to its beautiful flowers, it is often preferred as a gift or is in the Christmas decoration integrated at home. Many Germans bring a fresh touch to their Christmas decorations and create great eye-catchers. The flower is extremely easy to clean. You can buy a loose onion and plant it in a pot at home in late autumn or early winter. Let part of the onion stick out of the ground. Use substrates that contain sand, potting soil and hydroponics. Immediately after planting you have to water plenty. The onion flower needs only a few weeks and delights you with its beautiful flowers, meaning your effort will not be wasted! During the flowering period, the amaryllis must be properly watered and fertilized every two weeks. So you can possibly admire their flowers until March. The plant needs a bright, but not too sunny location during these weeks, when the room temperature reaches a maximum of 20 degrees Celsius. As already mentioned, it is undemanding and can even tolerate the dry heat in the heated room.
Like all other bulbous plants, the amaryllis has three vegetation phases. Already clear, their flowering phase is in winter, followed by a growth phase in spring and lasts until summer. From late summer then begins the resting phase. In these three different periods, the plant needs different care. Still in spring, just after the flowering phase. You can take them outside where the Amaryllis can stay until September. She will feel good in the garden or on the balcony and soak up the sun. At the beginning of her resting phase, she prefers a dark location and low temperatures, around 16 degrees C. Many hobby gardeners bring their plants into the cellar at this time, others leave them in the garden because they are frost-free.
However, our advice is: Take good care of this unique winter beauty so that it will delight you with its magnificent flowers at Christmas!