Amaryllis ‘White Nymph’
Amaryllis White Nymph is a very easy and satisfying bulb to grow. When it’s in its growing season it features giant lush white flowers that can range from 8-10 inches across and can grow 16 to 18 inches (or more) tall. Each stalk produces 3-4 flowers that bloom at different times, allowing for a long bloom season in mid-to-late spring. It’s a great bulb to plant near stone gardens and garden ponds.
Scientific Name: White Nymph Hippeastrum
Zone: 8 to 11
Height: roughly 2 feet when properly fertilized and watered.
Amaryllis White Nymph loves bright direct light when growing outside. They can also easily be grown inside close to windows, either in a deep pot or glass bulb vase (where the bulb sits up top and the roots drop down into the water below).
Amaryllis love moist soil but not muddy soil as it can cause the bulb to rot. During it’s growing season right out of dormancy make sure to keep the soil moist in order to get as much growth and flower blooms as possible. If the soil dries out it can cause the flowers to be stunted.
Not recommended for ingesting. Although it’s not a plant pets normally try to eat it’s also best to avoid letting any pet try it.
Amaryllis White Nymphs are extremely easy to grow, even for beginners. They don’t usually succumb to pests or disease. The most common killers would be overwatering, which cause the bulbs to rot. The easiest thing for these plants is to give them plenty of sunlight and water while they grow, and when they go into dormancy let their stems and leaves die out naturally. If they are in a plant container you can put the container away during the winter; in a shed, garage, basement, cupboard—and forget about them. Once spring is close up bring them back out and start watering again.
Amaryllis White Nymph can grow in USDA Hardiness Zones 8-11 easily. They can grow in other zones but would need to be indoors. They are bulbs, which means they are also perennials and will have a dormancy period and grow back every year. Amaryllis grow long leafless stalks that produce 3-4 flowers per stalk. When they first emerge from the ground you will see their long hanging leaves growing first, followed by thick green stems.
The rate at which you can propagate an Amaryllis is unfortunately in their own control. Since they are a bulb they will continue to create their own new bulbs underneath the soil during its growth period. Luckily these flowers are fairly ‘peppy’ growers. I would recommend checking the bulbs at the very end of their dormancy period at the end of winter to see if new ones have started and/or if you need to transplant it into a bigger container to fit its new growth. Anytime you’re separating bulbs they should be able to be separated without tugging hard at all (unless the roots got too tangled).
Note: During its dormancy period it CAN seem like it’s completely dead. I’ll admit I thought I killed mine completely for a while. They’re perfect at hiding but once they start growing they really do perk up, providing bright green leaves up out of the dirt.