Seed Production: Amaryllis are easily produced from seed and are
easily pollinated by hand. Simply place your finger on the stamens
where plenty of pollen will be deposited. Brush your finger over the
wet, sticky end of the pistol, and viola! You've pollinated your plant. The
ovary behind the flower will swell up as the seeds inside develop. The
ovary will soon dry up and break open with dozens of round paper-thin
black seeds. Sow the seeds in the same mix you grow your bulbs in
keeping them moist while they germinate and grow through their first
season. We sow our seeds in a flat and keep it in the greenhouse
were it's warm and humid. We don't force our seeds into dormancy
and let them grow through the first year until they go into dormancy all
by themselves. When we see that a seedling has gone dormant (as
evident by the dried leave), we dig up the bulb and store it in a dry cool
location until spring. Every year the bulbs get bigger and in 5-7 years
we'll have blooming size bulbs.
We haven't hybridized many Amaryllis and when we did, we didn't get
anything superior to what is currently available on the market today. It
was fun, though and something we encourage everyone to do. It
makes a GREAT project for school kids and adults alike.
Seed production does takes energy away from the plant, so if you're
having trouble re-blooming your Amaryllis, you might want to hold off
on trying to grow them from seed.
Besides seed production, Amaryllis reproduce via 'bulblets' or
miniature bulbs on the side of the mature bulbs. For a bold display,
leave these bublets attached to the mother bulb. They will eventually
develop in to blooming size bulbs each producing a beautiful display
of flowers. If you prefer, gently remove any bulblets and plant them
Bulbs can also be cut up into sections where each section has a part
of the root and a part of the upper portion of the bulb. Each section can
be grown on into a blooming size bulb. We've never tried this, but if
you have a bulb you'd like to experiment with, let us know how it goes.
Take pictures and we'd be happy to post them here and share your
experience with others.