The Amaryllis is the easiest bulb plant that produces amazing large flowers and beautiful clusters of fragrant blossoms. We know you love this plant and it’s becoming a holiday favorite. You’ll enjoy many seasons of bloom and there’s nothing like the lift the colorful blossoms can give your spirit during the holiday or any day. Ready to shine your windowsill with the exuberant colorful flowers? Here’s what you need to know about amaryllis.
Amaryllis quick tips:
- Planting period: October until the end of April.
- Flowering period: Late December until the end of June.
- Blooming time: 7-10 weeks.
Amaryllis Planting and Care
- Invest in great quality bulbs. Large bulbs produce more amaryllis flowers.
- Soak the base and fleshy roots in lukewarm water for a few hours.
- Plant each amaryllis bulb in a 6-8” pot that has a drainage hole. Planting 2 or more bulbs, choose a bigger pot that provides a snug fit. Heavy pots are preferable because it won’t tip over under the weight of the blooms.
- Plant bulbs in a pre-mixed nutritious potting compost. Do not use soil from the garden because of drainage problem.
- Plant the bulb up to its neck in the potting compost. At least 1/3 of each bulb should project above the potting compost. Press the soil down firmly to set the bulb securely in place after planting.
- Place the pot in a warm place with direct light. Sun light will develop the stems and ideal temperature is 67 to 70 degrees. Water sparingly to help settle into their pots. Then keep the soil barely moist, applying no more than ¼ cup of water per week. When the stem, bud and leaves appears, gradually water more and start spray PRO ORGANIC onto the plant to improve the growth quality.
- The first thing to emerge from the bulb is a bud. Leaves and additional stems will follow. For the best result, foliar feeding (spray directly onto the leaves) with PRO ORGANIC all purpose plant food bi-weekly. The stem will grow rapidly and flowers will develop after it has reached full growth. PRO ORGANIC will enhance the color of the flower and it will grow healthy and strong.
- Bulbs will flower in 7-10 weeks. Flowering time will be longer in winter so plan your planting schedule between October and April with this in mind. Follow these steps for amaryllis care and you’ll success in first bloom season.
How to care for amaryllis after it blooms
After your amaryllis has stopped flowering, it may seem past its prime, but it can be made to flower again. So, don’t toss your amaryllis bulbs yet. You’ll have to take a bit more care, but it’s really easy. We’ll show you how and you’ll have a same pleasure for another season.
- After all, flowers have faded, snip off the flower stems about 2 inches from the bulb. Leave the stalks which will continue to produce energy for next blossom. Grow your amaryllis indoors during cold winter and spring. After danger of frost, you can move it outside for the summer.
- Move the amaryllis plant into a sunny spot, and fertilize the plants regularly with a PRO ORGANIC plant food to keep the leaves lush and green.
- The blub should stay dry and the soil should be barely moist, but never soggy (bulbs will rot).
- In late summer or early fall, do not water or fertilize for 8 to 10 weeks. Place the potted bulb to a cool place temperature around 55 degrees and away from bright light. The leaves will gradually wither and fall away as the plant goes dormant.
- After 2 to 5 months of rest, it’s ready for the next growth cycle. Repot the bulb in fresh potting soil and place the pot to a warm spot temperature around 60-65 degrees. Resume watering and feeding a PRO ORGANIC plant food until the bulb is in active growth. If you time it right, you will enjoy the blossom for another Christmas season.
How to care amaryllis in water
Although most amaryllis bulbs are grown indoor using soil but they can also be easily rooted and grown in water too. It’s much simpler than you think and here’s how.
- Fill the vase by adding the gravels, pebbles or decorative stones.
- Prepare your bulb by trimming off any dry, brown roots. Then place the amaryllis bulb into the vase and add more stones around it for stability.
- Add water to about an inch below the bulb, but quite not touching it. The roots should be the only parts touching the water, but the bulb should not be submerged (if not, rot will occur).
- Place your jar on a sunny windowsill and temperature should be around 60-75 degrees. Monitor the water level to make sure it remains consistent.
- When your amaryllis gets plenty of sunlight, it should eventually bloom. Enjoy the blossom again and once the flowers fade, you’ll need to transplant the amaryllis to soil and repeat the steps for another pleasure.