The generic name Amaryllis applies to bulbs from South Africa, usually grown outdoors. Each year with the loss of daylight and so much time spent inside the house I find myself picking up a few amaryllis kits usually found in grocery or large discount stores. The choice in the stores where I live is generally limited to red, pink or white, which are lovely, but this year for something a little different, I ordered some unusual varieties from a bulb company. I like to plant three of the same bulb variety in a large terra cotta pot, that way you can have flowering going on for weeks and weeks as the bulbs tend not to bloom simultaneously. They take about 8-10 weeks to flower once you pot them up. So far the pot of Amaryllis Faro has been going on for 5 weeks with a lot of flowers still to come.
The Cybister Amaryllis Evergreen has more of a daylily- shaped flower and the delicate greenish white petals really glow and brighten up the darkest room. I have kept these in a room that stays quite cool and these flowers have also lasted for weeks. They often need to be supported with sticks and string once they start flowering as they get quite leggy. Next year I am going to stagger planting the pots of bulbs so I have a pot in bloom throughout winter.