Hardy Amaryllis (Hippeastrum "Sonatini") outdoors?

bill_ri_z6b(Zone 6B)October 7, 2013

I was wondering if anyone here is growing these hardy hybrids. They are sold as being hardy to zone 5b (-15 degrees F). They look like the common 'Amaryllis' that we see around Christmas. If they really are hardy, I have spot for them in my garden!

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Brent and Becky's Bulbs sells Hippeastrum Sonatini 'Alaska'

"zones 7-10; also in zone 6 in sheltered locations, when planted deep and mulched well,"

Sounds like it might grow for you in Providence, RI but zone 5b is suspect. Brent and Becky's Bulbs is a reliable supplier.

Where did you see that zone 5b reference?


    Bookmark   October 7, 2013 at 1:52PM
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bill_ri_z6b(Zone 6B)

Breck's and Robersta's Gardens list them as -15 degrees F, but there are some skeptical comments when I Google these plants. That's why I was asking if anyone actually had them in our area. Actually, it sounds too good to be true, so it may not be. If they're not too expensive I might try some next year, but I'll be reading up on them this winter. I hate to see anything die.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2013 at 6:17AM
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While i would love for this to be true, I ran into a display at a local Walmart that also stated plainly as "minus 15 degrees F". I did a bunch of research and lots of sources seem to disagree. Some do say zone 5-, but others say 7-. I'll still pick some up at $10/2 bulbs.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2014 at 2:31AM
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bill_ri_z6b(Zone 6B)

Where are you located? My local Walmarts don't have anything in the garden areas yet.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2014 at 4:15AM
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