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Naked Ladies – Planting Belladona Lilies in Your Garden– soil conditions, fertilizer, weather conditions, etc

This tender bulb is now the only true Amaryllis species. The bulbs that we grow in our homes during the holiday season are not true Amaryllis and are actually of the genus Hippeastrum. Amaryllis belladonna is also known as Resurrection Lily, Magic Lily, Surprise Lily and Naked Lady.

Characteristics of Naked ladies, Belladonna lily

– Tall, curvaceous, and rosy pink, Amaryllis belladona, or belladonna lilies, are most often referred to as “naked ladies.” They are one of the most foolproof — and beautiful — bulbs you can grow.
– The reason for their racy nickname is that their pink, fragrant flowers bloom atop 2-foot-high, leafless, “naked” stalks.
– The large, trumpet-like flowers put on a show, with 6 to 12 flowers to a cluster.
– While light pink is the most common color, they’re also available in red, mauve, and white, usually with contrasting yellow throats.

How to grow Naked ladies, Belladonna lily

– It is best to sow naked ladies, on the soil surface then just cover them with a dusting of soil.
– They should be planted with a spacing of 20 to 30 cm in the spring after the last frost.
– They prefer sunny conditions.
– The soil should be rich, well drained, yet and moist.
– It requires between 3 weeks and 16 weeks to germinate.
– If starting off indoors, they should be grown at 19 to 24 degrees centigrade from February in individual pots then put out doors after the last frost of spring.
– They will survive and bloom with no extra water other than what Mother Nature provides.
– In formal gardens, they’re extremely handsome when planted amid low shrubs or grouped in perennial borders, especially if they are surrounded by airy baby’s breath or some sort of ground cover to cloak the withered leaves.
– They’re often seen planted with lily of the Nile (agapanthus) or Shasta daisies in order to mask the bareness of the stems.

Caring for Naked ladies in the garden

Naked ladies are not the easiest plants to grow as when they are grown from seed may take up to nine years to flower! They require a thick mulch in the winter, and bulbs should be stored indoors in severe winters.

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