Amarine Aphrodite is one of the newer amarine’s and they produce lovely pale pink flowers. By crossing Nerine Bowdenii and Amaryllis Belladona to produce the amarine you get a flower that is as a nerine but with darker broader petals. They are easy to grow and Amarine Aphrodite are best suited for free draining, gritty soils that are in semi to full sun. The flowers will appear in late autumn and are long lasting. Cultivate the soils well before planting the bulbs, in heavier soils add plenty of grit to provide the drainage.
Plant Indoors: Started off indoors from February on wards, although Amarine are hardy and can thus be planted direct into soils outside from March on wards.
Plant outside: From March on wards, when the soils are warming up and not waterlogged. Prepare soils by cultivating them to a depth of 25cms and digging in some well rotted humus matter and grit if soils are heavy. Plant the bulbs so that the tip of the bulb is just above the soil surface.
Protect early growth from slugs and snails. Regularly feed during the growing season with foods such as are well rotted manures, tomato feed and bone meal.
Grow well in containers as well as in the garden.
Ideal when planted with lilies.
Flowering height: 24-28″ (60-70cm)
Flowering time: September-November
Soil type: Soils that are well drained and humus rich are ideal.
Aspect: In a sunny part of the garden that does not get too cold.
Planting distance: 20cm between plants
Planting depth: Tip of stem just showing above soil level.
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