Flowers and Plants

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.

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.

Amaryllis

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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