How to plant and care for Amaryllis

by Anna | 23.10.2013 | 3 steps | easy | 60 Min. | 2 times | Rating: 0 votes

Want to brighten up your house? Using our guide, add and care for a colourful Amaryllis.

Amaryllis is an incredibly popular houseplant. This bulb may start off looking rather dull, but from just a few leaves, an incredible and colourful set of flowers appear that can’t help but cause a little excitement. Planted and cared for in the correct way, these bulbs will last for many years, offering blooms every spring.

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Pot
Compost
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Trowel
Amaryllis Bulb in pot

Amaryllis Bulb in pot

Amaryllis Bulb in pot

Step 1

Initial care

Plant at the end of October so that the flowers appear in time for Christmas. 

Choose a pot that’s a little larger than the bulb itself, fill with compost, water thoroughly and firm the soil around your plant. Planting amaryllis is a little different from other bulbs as you have to ensure that two thirds of the bulb is above the soil surface. 

It's best to place bulbs in a warm location to initiate growth and you can water regularly, keeping the soil moist, as soon as the first few leaves begin to appear. 

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Amaryllis Flower

Amaryllis Flower

Amaryllis Flower

Step 2

Reaping the rewards

After six to eight weeks the flower should appear and if you don’t want a plant that looks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, rotate the pot everyday so that the stalk grows perfectly upright. Once the flowers have opened, move your amaryllis to a slightly cooler area of the house so that you can enjoy the flowers for longer.

Step 3

Aftercare

Caring for your bulbs is very easy. Once flowers fade, continue watering until the beginning of September. At this time, stop watering and allow plants to dry out for a couple of months and store in a cool place. When you’re ready to start growing again, move your amaryllis into the warm and start watering again.

Materials
Pot
Compost
Tools
Trowel
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