Amaryllis 'Candy Amadeus'
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Amaryllis 'Candy Amadeus'

Amaryllis 'Candy Amadeus'

Quick Facts
Common Name: Amaryllis
Hardiness Zone: 1-13S/W Exposure: Houseplants - High Light
Blooms In: Jan-Feb
Mature Height: 18" Spacing: 12"
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The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


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Amaryllis 'Candy Amadeus'

Gave 4 stars, because it is still growing. Received my order before Thanksgiving 2021. Amadeus is growing, has 5 leaves coming out of the bulb, and the tallest one is 8" tall (from the top of the dirt mound).
When it came, i unpacked it. Tried to water it, after taking the corky thing off from around it, but the water just ran off the potting soil, and haven't figured that out, unless it was just too dry to absorb moisture. Took it out of the Porcelain Cache pot, and put a clear plastic 'Pot bottom' (what I call it) underneath the Nursery Pot, and still had the same problem, so I half-filled the 'bottom' with water. Took care of the rest of my order (Holiday Cactus, and Wintergreen plant), and half an hour later, the water had disappeared. Put some more water in, about three more times, and each time the water disappeared, so I figured that maybe osmosis was working for the bulb. The next morning, when I tried to water it from the top, slowly, it took the water, and that thrilled me. Four days later, could see the start of the bulb starting to crack-open to start awakening, through the top of the bulb, to have a shoot coming forth. A couple more days, and the new shoot was starting to peek out. :-)
Decided on the Cache pot, instead of the clear glass pot for growing in water to see the roots grow, because at 69, am being very adventurous, now (that I'm awakening from mourning my first, and hopefully only divorce, after 41 years of marriage, 4 years ago) -- Now may want to try to plant this Amarylis in my yard and bring it in in the Fall, or, put it in my basement to give it a 'rest', to see when it will bloom again -- trying not to waste my money buying it for an 'only once' bloom. Have only watered it twice a week, either through the pot-bottom, or slowly around the bulb with a bottled water bottle (Small neck helps me to control the water flow, found out). Am wondering if this will bloom in time for Valentines 2022. ? Hopefully, it will. :-)

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I ordered the Candy Amadeus to grow in water. I almost gave up because nothing happened after 9 weeks but decided to persevere. I now have 4 blooms with 2 more coming on just one stalk! However, I don't have a second stalk.

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Just gorgeous!

I have had amaryllis before but never had such big, beautiful blooms. My flowers were almost 7 inches wide and four grew on each stalk. Lovely white with a touch of pink on the petals and green in the center. I will absolutely be ordering amaryllis from White Farm again!!

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Candy Amadeus

My friend sent me a Candy Amadeus Amaryllis––I have always loved the Amadeus bulbs––as a surprise gift. The flowers are now blooming and the first one to bloom measured 9"X9"!!! They are very top-heavy and will need support.
I cannot recommend this Amaryllis highly enough or convey to you how much I LOVE it.
If you purchase one, you shall never regret doing so.

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A beautiful gift.

I sent the Amaryllis Candy Amadeus to two family members, one in Maine and the other in South Carolina. The clear vase and pebbles made setup easy and enhance the overall pretty effect. The recipients both have called repeatedly with progress reports and now to say how absolutely beautiful the blossoms are as they open. We are all so pleased! Packaging and delivery were perfect. Highly recommend. Thank you!!

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How to Grow Amaryllis

Bulb size: 28-32 cm


  • Amaryllis bulbs can be planted directly in the ground in areas where temperatures do not go below 10°F (Zones 8-10), or in zone 7 for cold-tolerant species that we sell for spring planting. Choose a site with full sun (at least 6-8 hours of direct sun daily) and well-drained soil.
  • In frost-free areas, plant the bulb with the neck at, or slightly above, ground level. In areas where some frost may occur, the bulb should be set with 5 or 6" of soil above it, followed by an application of 4 or 5" of fine mulch.
  • Water the area thoroughly after planting. Once growth starts, water only if rain is infrequent and the top 2" of soil are dry.
  • After the leaves appear, fertilize with a balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10); repeat once a month through April.
  • When plants are done blooming, remove the flower stalks. Be sure to leave the foliage on the plant so the leaves can produce food that will be stored in the bulbs. If leaves turn yellow, cut them off at the base.
  • From June through September, water only during prolonged dry periods.
  • In fall, provide a layer of winter mulch for cold-tolerant species grown in zone 7.


Amaryllis Time Lapse

Pre-potted Bulbs

Amaryllis sent already potted need only a thorough watering with lukewarm water to begin growing. Then follow the "Pre-bloom Care" instructions below.

Please note: These Amaryllis are shipped with packing material on top of each pot. Carefully remove the packing material around the potted bulb and discard it.

Potting Bareroot Bulbs

  • Amaryllis shipped in bags require potting. Begin by selecting a pot for your bulbs. If planting individually, choose a 6-7" pot. If planting a group of 3 bulbs, choose a 10-12" container.
  • Place a well-drained potting mix in a plastic tub. Slowly add warm water and stir with your hand until the mix is moist but not soggy. Then fill the pot about half full with potting mix, set the bulb on top of the mix and fill in around the bulb with additional mix. Adjust the position of the bulb as needed, so that the top third of the bulb is exposed.
  • The final level of the mix should be about 1/2" below the rim of the pot to allow for watering. Firm the mix and water lightly to settle it around the bulbs. Then follow the "Pre-bloom Care" instructions below.

Please note: Some of our Amaryllis kits are shipped with a disk of potting medium (Cocopeat). Follow the directions on the package for rehydrating the disk. Fill the pot about 1/2 full with Cocopeat, set the bulb on top, and fill in around the bulb with additional Cocopeat. Adjust the position of the bulb as needed so that the top 1/3 of the bulb is exposed. Do not be concerned if the final level of the Cocopeat is down inside the pot. Firm the Cocopeat and water lightly to settle it around the bulb. Then follow the “Pre-bloom Care” instructions below.

Pre-Bloom Care of Amaryllis

  • Place the pot where the temperature remains above 60°F.
  • The warmer the temperature (70-80°F night and day is ideal), the faster the bulb will sprout and grow.
  • Providing bottom heat (by setting the pot on a propagation mat or on the top of a refrigerator) may help stimulate growth.
  • Water only when the top inch of the potting mix is dry to the touch. Watering more frequently, particularly just after potting, can cause the bulb to rot.
  • If the pot is covered with Spanish Moss, lift the moss and pour water directly on the potting mix.
  • Growth generally begins in 2-8 weeks. Certain varieties of Amaryllis may take more time to sprout. As long as your bulb remains firm, be patient and take care not to overwater.
  • As soon as the bulb sprouts, provide ample sunshine; a south-facing window or a sunroom is ideal.
  • Rotate the pot frequently to prevent the flower stalks from leaning toward the light.
  • The flower stalks may require support to keep from toppling. Click here for our Amaryllis stakes that are ideally suited to this purpose.

Cutting Amaryllis Stems for Bouquets

  • The best time to cut the flower stems is when the first bud has colored and is just ready to open. This will ensure that the rest of the buds on the same stem have formed sufficiently and will open fully.
  • Make a straight cut across the bottom of the stem, so the stem will rest evenly inside the vase.
  • Because the stems are hollow, the bottom may split and curl up, but this will not affect the blooms.
  • Adding a floral preservative to the water and changing the water regularly will help prevent stem rolling and lengthen the life of your bouquet. Remove individual flowers as they fade.
  • If kept at temperatures of 60-70°F, your cut Amaryllis flowers will last for up to 10 days.

Rebuilding the Bulb

  • After flowering, your bulb is exhausted. If you want flowers next year (many people prefer simply to purchase new bulbs every fall), you must allow it to rebuild itself.
  • When the last bloom fades, cut off the flower stalk 3-5" above the bulb, but do not cut off the leaves. They produce food that will be stored in the bulb.
  • Put your plant in a sunny window, preferably one that is south-facing.
  • Water when the top inch of the potting mix is dry to the touch, and begin fertilizing with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer once a month.
  • When the danger of frost has passed in spring, set the pot outdoors in full sun or knock the bulb out of its pot and plant it in the ground in a sunny location.
  • In fall—we often wait until frost blackens the leaves—bring the bulb indoors, cut off the foliage just above the bulb, and store it dry in a cool (55°F), dark place such as a basement for 8-10 weeks.
  • Then pot (or repot) the bulb and water it. Thereafter, keep the potting mix almost dry until new growth emerges, and follow the instructions under "Pre-bloom Care."

Growing Amaryllis in Stones and Water

  • These large bulbs will grow happily and bloom abundantly in nothing more than stones and water.
  • To "plant" your bulb, begin by carefully placing river stones or pebbles to a depth of about 2-4" in our vase or your own container.
  • With scissors, trim off any roots on the bulb that are brown and dried*, but let the roots that are whitish and fleshy remain.
  • Place the Amaryllis bulb, roots down, on top of the stones, then put the remaining stones around the bulb, leaving the top third of the bulb exposed.
  • Finally, add water until the level reaches about 1" below the base of the bulb but no higher. If the base of the bulb sits in water, it will rot.
  • After planting, set the container on a sunny windowsill in a room where the temperature remains above 60°F. The warmer the temperature (70-80°F night and day is ideal), the faster the bulb will sprout and grow. Check the water level daily. Add water as needed to keep the level below the base of the bulb.
  • A shoot will emerge from the top of the bulb in 2-8 weeks; you may (or may not) see thick white roots pushing between the stones before then. Rotate the container frequently to prevent the flower stalks from leaning toward the light.
  • After the last blooms fade, we recommend that you dispose of the bulb; Amaryllis grown in water may not perform well in subsequent years. However, if you do wish to continue growing the bulb, follow the instructions given in "Potting the Bulbs" and "Rebuilding the Bulb."

*We recommend trimming dried roots off because they will decompose in water over time. Adding aquarium charcoal to the river stones will also help prevent any odors.


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