This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Vallota Purpurea is a late Summer or Autumn bloomer, with very rich, handsome flowers; unlike others of the Amaryllidaceae, the bulbs must never be suffered to dry off. It requires to be kept growing Winter and summer, and watered at all seasons. The flowers, which are produced freely from August to October, are of a very brilliant scarlet with a velvety lustre, and last for many days in perfection. When the ground becomes warm in the Spring, transplant the bulb into a bed of rich, light loam; in the Fall, before frost, take it up carefully and pot, when it must be removed to the house, where, if kept rather warm and well watered it will frequently bloom again during the Winter. Treated in this way a good bulb will flower several times during the year.