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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.
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.
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.
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.