Characteristics and cultivation of the lily of the Amazon

This Amaryllidaceae, the family that belongs to the lily of the Amazonas, Eucharis grandiflora, is the result of a natural cross between Eucharis moorei and Eucaris sanderi. Their habitat is distributed between western Colombia and western Ecuador in South America. Its flowers are star-shaped and are white in color, the leaves are of dark green color. It is a great indoor plant that requires bright rooms and good air circulation.

It is a herbaceous plant, perennial and bulbous, which can reach a height of about 40 cm, Although the flowering stems can reach up to 70 cm of height. The flowers are large and grow in clusters of between 3 and 6 copies. We can cultivate in the soil or in pots, and indoors as well as outdoors, depending on clear is of our location as being a tropical plant it does not tolerate the cold. In any case you will need a bright place and in the shade as the direct sun burning with ease.

You can have up to three flowerings a year, and you will need a loose soil composed of 2 parts of earth, 2 of loam or clay, 1 of sand and 1 of organic matter type compost or manure curing. To stimulate flowering you can also use bone meal. Their bulbs are about 6 cm of diameter and, if the grow in the soil we plant 3-4 together and if we want to plant more of what we will do about 40-50 cm apart so that the plants have enough space to develop properly.

The lily of the Amazon need regular watering to maintain a good degree of moisture. It is suitable even spray a bit of water each day to keep the humidity of the room you need. And on hot days it will not go bad a little bit of water on a daily basis. Between winter and spring is the ideal time to pick up bulbs that have been produced by the plant with a view to their reproduction.

From that shrivel up their last blooms we will continue watering for three more months. When the plant is completely dry we will stop watering and when the soil is dry we will remove the bulbs. We will keep them in a plastic bag perforated, and we’ll finish filling the bag with perlite or other similar material that absorbs moisture. Place the bag in the fridge, in the drawer of the vegetables. They can last perfectly for about 4 months.

Keep the bag slightly damp and free of contact with any other vegetable. At 4 months we can pull the bulbs out of the refrigerator and the plant. During the first 10 days we will endeavour to leave them in a cool, well-ventilated place so they can sprout properly. The buds will appear on the side with more light the bowl and take care of a lot of watering to not rot as they are very sensitive to excess moisture at this time.


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