Empress of India

Dingee & Conard (Autumn 1916)

OF all the house plants and flowers intended to cheer up the cold, dull days of Winter in the home, none will do it with greater Success than our new, magnificent Amaryllis, Empress of India. Words are inadequate to describe its wondrous form and color, and we can give but a feeble idea of the joy coming to our many friends who will plant this wonderful flower this Fall.

Each bulb sends up several spikes, each crowned with a glory of massive flowers in clusters of four to six, each flower measuring 6, 8 or 10 inches in diameter. And the colors—a bewildering riot of them. Some barbaric in their splendor of deep crimson; others in shades of pink, while others are almost pure white, with brilliant splashings of intense crimson and dainty pink—all of them perfectly ravishing in their beauty.

Plant the bulb in good, rich, fibrous soil and sand in a pot not much larger than the bulb, or three bulbs in a 12-inch pot. Let the top of the bulb be about level with the soil, which should not come closer than one inch to the top of the pot. During the blooming season water freely and give an occasional application of weak liquid manure. After the bulb is done flowering withhold water gradually, and allow the bulb to rest.