Anyway it is a Naked Lady? So that lead to the discussion as Evelyn from near Melbourne Australia grows them. Larry's Brother Jerry living in Bellevue Iowa grows them. I don't have any but next year I will see about getting the bulbs for resale and then I will have them to plant in my garden. Here is what I found out.
When Do You Plant Naked Ladies?
Naked ladies (Amaryllis belladonna) have an unusual manner of providing summer flowers. After the winter-growing leaves have died down for summer dormancy, in late summer, a bloom stalk of fragrant pink flowers emerges and blooms without leaves, or naked. The best time to plant naked lady is while the bulb is dormant.
The green strap-shaped leaves of naked lady make a significant clump of foliage in the garden in winter and spring, but then they die down. About six to eight weeks later, the flower stalks start to emerge, growing to about 20 inches tall. Each stalk can have up to 12 flowers in a cluster. Flower color is usually a soft pink, although color variations from white to deep pink occur. The large, rounded brown bulbs produce smaller bulbs over time to form a large clump of plants. Old bulbs can be the size of a grapefruit. The plant is dormant during the summer, both before and after blooming. The leaves grow when winter rains break the dormancy. The best time to work with the plant for division or planting is during its dormant periods.
Fleshy seeds often appear after flowers fade, somewhat resembling pomegranate seeds and colored pink or white. The seeds must be fresh to germinate. Sow them in well-draining commercial potting mix and keep the soil moist. The seeds germinate in as little as two weeks. The seedlings don't bloom until they are 3 to 6 years old or older. Divide clumps of bulbs during the summer dormancy, replanting the offsets immediately. The bulbs may not bloom for a year or two after dividing.
Details of naked lady cultivation vary somewhat depending on the climate. In USDA zones 8 through 11, position the bulb with the neck at the soil surface. In USDA zone 7, protect the bulb by placing it 6 inches deep. For the best flowering, plant naked lady in full sun and remove the dead leaves from the ground each year when they have completely died down. Allowing summer heat to reach the dormant bulbs seems to help regular bloom. In nature, the plant often won't bloom until after a fire has eliminated any shading vegetation. The plant adapts to most soil, as long as it is well-draining. You can also plant it in a pot in a well-draining potting mix with the bulb nose at soil level. Once established, the plant is drought-tolerant. When the plant has leaves, water it occasionally during dry spells.
Naked lady is native to South Africa in the fynbos plant community, which is the equivalent of California's chaparral community. Sailors transported the bulbs to other places, with a record of the lily growing in Italy in 1714. It has naturalized in many Mediterranean-type climates, including parts of the U.S. Its ease of cultivation and tolerance of various growing conditions make it successful in a variety of habitats. The bulb's long dormant period aided in spreading it far from its native home.
Taken from http://homeguides.sfgate.com/plant-naked-ladies
Till next time this is Becky Litterer, Becky's Greenhouse, Dougherty, Iowa