The Amaryllis are among the most gorgeous of our bulbous flowering plants. Some of the genus, such as Amaryllis Belladonna, have the flowering season over before the leaves appear. Their tall stems (large heads of fragrant and beautiful pink flowers) make them great favorites for cutting and for filling vases. They delight in soil of a light rich nature, in which they should be planted about eight inches deep and left undisturbed for years, where they will ultimately establish themselves and produce grand masses of bloom. During dry weather and until they have perfected their foliage, they should be given an abundance of water, after which they do not require so much, and it may gradually be withdrawn altogether.
Vallota purpurea and Imantophyllum miniatum will be found to do excellently if given a warm sheltered situation and a rich loamy soil. Plant the Vallota bulbs six inches apart and the Imantophyllums twelve inches apart, one-half of the bulb being above ground.
Propagate by dividing the bulbs and planting them in March, or by seeds collected as soon as ripe in the Fall and sown in a warm, sheltered border or cold frame in early Spring; cover the seeds to the depth of about a quarter of an inch.