Flowers & Blooms

How to Care for the Amaryllis

The amaryllis makes a great indoor plant. They are very resistant and can do well when placed indoors. They are particularly beautiful during winter because this is when they bloom. This way, they can provide lots of color for your home.

If you wish to make your Amaryllis thrive, you need to provide it with proper growing conditions. These plants are not difficult to care for, but there are certain requirements that you need to provide.

How to Care for the Amaryllis: Growing Conditions

One of the key things to make your Amaryllis thrive is to keep it actively growing after it has finished blooming. Once that the flowers have faded, cut them off – this will prevent the plant from developing seeds. You wish to discourage seeds because they take the energy from the plant.

You need to keep your Amaryllis in a place that is sunny and warm. Choose the sunniest spot in your home, such as near a window, and make sure that the plant is not under any drafts or cold air. This promotes leaf growth, which makes easier for plant to collect energy and perform photosynthesis.

Keep in mind that you need to know how to care for the Amaryllis after it’s replenishing, right after it has stopped blooming. This is when its bulb is depleted of minerals and only the stalk remains, so cutting the tops of the stalks down while leaving the leaves will be beneficial for the plants.

It is important to water your Amaryllis twice per week. Also, make sure to provide your plant with enough minerals. You should fertilize it once in 2 to 3 weeks. This will give your Amaryllis enough nutrients and it will keep it healthy throughout the year.

In case you wish to keep it outdoors during the warm periods, you need to acclimatize your plant to the outdoor conditions. Start by placing it outdoors in a shady area, and after a few days of doing this, place it into sunlight for a little while. You should expose it to more and more sunlight every day.

You should slowly move the container with the Amaryllis to a location in your garden. Eventually, you wish to place them in a spot where they can receive at least 6 hours of sun per day. A sunny location on your deck of patio is ideal for your Amaryllis.

At this point, you should continue to fertilize once per month. This should help the bulb get all the nutrients it needs so it can produce flowers the next year.

If you choose to take your Amaryllis outside, make sure to return it indoors in the fall. These plants cannot withstand cold temperatures. Ideally, you will keep your Amaryllis at a spot that it is at least 50 to 60 degrees F.


How to Care for the Amaryllis: Flowering

It is important to remember that Amaryllis is a plant that is easy to bring to bloom. You can do this both indoors and outdoors, and the good news is that you can make your plants flower for a long time. Amaryllis in blooming is unforgettable. They have massive, bright flowers in many different colors. The flowers are 8 to 10 inches big and they display a wide variety of colors, such as white, red, pink, orange, salmon and more. There are also bicolors. In addition to this, there are also doubles and miniatures you may choose for your home.

The flowers are started from bulbs. The bulbs are large, about the size of a grapefruit. It’s important to know that the larger the bulbs, the larger and more numerous the flowers. These bulbs are often sold in pre-planted started kits, so it’s easy to start your amaryllis.

You should plant a bulb in a loose planting mix. It’s the best to use a pot that is only slightly larger than the bulb. Make sure to position the bulb half way out of the soil. After the bulbs are planted, water thoroughly. Allow it to drain and when the soil is two-thirds dry, start a watering routine. You should also make sure that the plant receives at least half-day of bright light. Don’t forget to fertilize once a month.

Standard-size amaryllis has flower stems that emerge before the leaves. They grow quickly to the height of 12 to 24 inches. After this, they begin a sequence of blooms that lasts for about a month. After they bloom, you should cut the flower stem off. Cut just above the top of the bulb, but make sure not to cut the leaves.

If you want to grow amaryllis to produce blooms for years to come, you should water them as any other houseplant for the whole winter. During summer, keep the plants indoors in the bright light, or you may set them outside. Don’t forget to fertilize. If you choose to put your amaryllis outside, make sure that there is no chance of frost. Bury pots in a partially shaded location. You should bring the plants indoors in early September.

When you put them indoors, stop watering. Cut all of the yellow, old and dried leaves from the bulbs. Place them in darkness for a month in order to rest. After this, you should repot them in fresh soil and start with the watering regime to make the plant produce blooms.

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