An Amarillo plant (scientific name Tabebuia chrysantha) is generally known as a perennial tree. The Amarillo is not native to the United States but may be available at nurseries, garden stores, or plant dealers. This plant can add a tropical look to your home in the winter with its pretty colors. The range of colors are red, orange, salmon, pink, white, striped or variegated. These plants are very easy to care for as well as having beautifully colored flowers.
Caring for an Amarillo Plant
An Amarillo plant is a popular gift because they are an indoor plant and are long-lasting and require minimal care. If you have gotten the Amarillo as a gift, all you need to do is water the plant daily, leave it in sunlight and watch it grow. The flowers will grow to be up to 6 inches across.
If you are growing the Amarillo as a house place, water and fertilize it regularly with a houseplant fertilizer. The plant should remain inside in a sunny spot until no threat of frost lingers outside. Once the warm weather has started, put the plant outside under a shady tree to continue growing. The bulb should continue to grow 5 to 6 months after flowering. In order to have this plant around in the winter, it must go through a rest period.
Amarillo Plant in the Winter
In order to ease the Amarillo into a rest period, begin in August by stopping fertilization and gradually reducing the water supply. Gradually reduce watering over a period of 3 weeks until you have completely stopped watering. Wait until the leaves become yellow and die and then cut them all off to a couple of inches above the bulb.
Once late September comes around, set the bulb--pot and all--in a cool, dark, dry place for at least 6-8 weeks. When late November hits, take the plant back to a warm, bright spot and begin gradually watering. Do not worry about repotting the plant; they do not need to be repotted until at least after a couple of years. Remember to keep the soil moist and rotate the plant daily and keep it in temperatures of 55-65 degrees F. The Amarillo should become a gorgeous plant 4 to 8 weeks from the time you started watering.