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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. Planting Amaryllis is a bit different to other bulbs in that you need to ensure that two thirds of the
Plant amaryllis at the end of October so that the blooms appear in time for Christmas. 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 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, and 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.
1. Plant amaryllis in a a pot that's slightly larger than your amaryllis bulb, fill with moist compost and firm soil around the bulb, ensuring that your bulb is two thirds above the surface of the soil.
2. Start watering regularly when the first leaves appear, keeping soil moist but not waterlogged.
3. As the flower stem appears, rotate pots daily to keep stalks upright.
4. Move plants to a cooler spot when they flower to prolong the length of time blooms last for.
5. When flowers fade, cut stems and keep watering until September.
6. In September stop watering for two months and allow bulb to dry out completely. Store in a cool and frost-free area such as a garage or greenhouse.
7. When you're ready for more flowers, bring bulb into the warm and start the process again.