These amarylhs-like plants are grand subjects for both outside decoration in large pots or tubs and for the conservatory. Some are evergreen, some deciduous, several species will thrive in our southern winters. The only kinds of value to the commercial florist are tender. The bulbs of the deciduous species and varieties are imported from Holland and Belgium.
After the deciduous varieties have flowered there should be no neglect of watering until the foliage shows signs of ripening, and they should be kept in the same soil all winter, starting them again in early spring.
The evergreen species should only be little reduced in water supply. They can be grown several years without shifting. An inch of top dressing should be applied and liquid manure given previous to flowering. Most of them bear seed freely and can be rapidly increased.
Handsome bulbous plants that they are for the conservatory, they will not be found profitable for the commercial man.
A rough, turfy loam with a fourth of cow manure and some broken up charcoal is a good compost, and the pots should be well drained.