Flower Color Red Common Name Amaryllis Botanical Name Hippeastrum Oscar Light Requirements Partial shade / Full sun Bloom Time Fall to Winter Indoors Estimated Mature Height 20-26" tall Optimal planting spread 10-12" wide Planting Season Autumn Planting Depth To plant, choose a pot or container that can easily accommodate the bulb and roots but that's not too large: you should be able to just barely place your finger between the bulb and the side of the pot. Soil Moisture Average
DetailsForcing these wonderful flowers into bloom yourself is not hard to do and it gives you lots of satisfaction. You don't need much to get started, the effect is fantastic, and you'll be treated to weeks of breathtakingly beautiful flowers. The amaryllis (Hippeastrum) originally came from tropical South Africa. The most familiar kinds are the large-flowering types in various solid colors: shades of red, salmon, orange and white. But there are also multicolored ones like the pink and white combinations. Plant them in time. Planting period: from October to the end of April. Flowering: starting at Christmas and lasting until the end of May. If there are reasons for not planting the bulbs immediately after purchase, place them in a location with a temperature of about 48 degrees F. How to get started The larger the bulb, the more flowers it will produce. After receipt of your bulbs, plant Amaryllis bulbs at intervals of 14 days. This way you can enjoy a continuous display of lovely amaryllises all through the winter months. Planting Before planting the bulb, place it in a container filled with lukewarm water for a couple of hours. This encourages root formation. To plant, choose a pot or container that can easily accommodate the bulb and roots but that's not too large: you should be able to just barely place your finger between the bulb and the side of the pot. Use pot shards or gravel to cover the drainage hole, placed so that water can still escape. Fill the pot with potting soil and place the bulb on top. Then add just enough potting soil so that at least half of the bulb is exposed above the soil surface. Do this as carefully as possible to avoid damaging the roots. After planting, tamp down the potting soil firmly. Important! Bulb should be submerged to about half its height in potting soil. Use good quality potting soil. Don't damage the roots. If the faded flowers are removed promptly, the bulb will not invest its energy in seed production and the remaining flowers will bloom for a longer time. Once the amaryllis has finished flowering, you can get it to flower again next year if you provide it with the right care first. After flowering, cut off the faded flowers and let the leaves continue to grow and develop. To encourage this, provide the plant regularly with water and houseplant fertilizer. If you have room in your garden, you can plant the bulb, pot and all, in a sheltered spot in the garden in May. Starting in September, refrain from watering. In October, trim the foliage from the bulb and place the bulb, pot and all, in a dry, cool, but frost-free location. In January, repot the bulb in fresh potting soil after having removed the old roots. You'll then have a very good chance of enjoying another flowering in March. This display will not be as glorious as the first, however, because newly purchased bulbs have just completed a 3-year schedule of special care. That's what makes amaryllis bulbs a bit more expensive than other flower bulbs - but that's also what makes them so worthwhile. Growing location and care Warmth is the most important factor for stem development. For this reason, place the pot containing the amaryllis bulb in a warm sunlit place such as a windowsill warmed by a radiator underneath. A normal living room temperature of 68 degrees F is perfect. Don't water very much until the stem emerges. As soon as the bud and leaves emerge, the amaryllis will require more water every day. Now, the stem will grow quickly. Once this process is complete, flowering begins. Having flowers in bloom for several months Their flowering period depends on several factors. During the winter, it will take about 6 to 10 weeks for a bulb to flower after potting it but this length of time is somewhat shorter in the spring. This means you can enjoy flowering amaryllises for several months by potting them up every few weeks.
Jumbo Amaryllis Oscar
Amaryllis throw large, striking blooms, held up proudly on tall, sturdy stems. One of the easiest bulb varieties to grow, these beauties quickly deliver a showy display.
How to Grow Amaryllis Bulbs:
1. In the Fall, choose a spot that is mostly sunny or has only partial shade and has fairly well-draining soil
2. Planting amaryllis bulbs is fairly simple. Bulbs look much like a small onion, with wiry roots growing out of one site and a spike on the other. Plant with the roots pointing down and the spike pointing up.
4. Plant the Amaryllis bulb with approximately an inch of the top of the bulb sticking out of the surface of the soil. In other words, do not cover the bulb completely with soil. You will need to see an inch long 'stem' sticking out of the top of the soil.
5. Regarding the spacing between bulbs, if planting in beds, leave at least 3 inches between each bulb. If you are planting in containers, you can cluster them a little closer together.
5. After planting, water well so that the soil above the bulbs settles. Do not water again (or water very sparingly) until you see the first leaves emerge.
6. Amaryllis bulbs will flower in the Spring. After the flowers die down, trim the stems to about an inch above the surface of the soil. Often, second or sometimes even third flower stalks will develop. Try to let the foliage alone and don't trim it off immediately as the leaves help the plant store energy for future growth. In warmer climates, leaves are evergreen and will be green and attractive year-round.
7. During the summer, let the leaves soak up lots of warmth and sun. Water lightly and keep good drainage.
8. The following fall, you will want to try to force your amaryllis bulbs to take a rest period before beginning a new flowering cycle. Lift the bulbs and bring the bulbs indoors, trim all foliage and store in a dry, dark location, without watering them, for up to 12 weeks. After 12 weeks, start again with step 1!
Growing Amaryllis Indoors:
1. Select containers that will be heavy enough to support the weight of the tall stems and large blooms as the amaryllis grows. Containers should weight at least several pounds when empty. Or, you can fill lighter containers with rocks, pebbles or sand to increase their weight. The diameter of the container should be only about 1-2 inches larger than the diameter of the bulb. They like to be snug! If planting several bulbs in a container, there's no need to leave space in between but plant them shoulder to shoulder next to eachother.
2. Fill your container with well-draining soil. Amaryllis bulbs will quickly rot if they are sitting in waterlogged soil.
3. Plant the Amaryllis bulb with approximately an inch of the top of the bulb sticking out of the surface of the soil. In other words, do not cover the bulb completely with soil. You will need to see an inch long 'stem' sticking out of the top of the soil.
4. After planting, water well so that the soil above the bulbs settles. Do not water again (or water very sparingly) until you see the first leaves emerge.
5. Situate your container in a bright location, such as a windowsill, where the plant can get plenty of light.
6. Amaryllis tend to lean towards the light, so as the flower stems begin to grow, rotate the container regularly so that the stems will grow straighter.
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Amaryllis bulbs are shipped from October through December.Orders placed before Sept 15:Expect your order to arrive mid October at your location.Orders placed Oct 1 to Dec 15:Orders are shipped the same week that they are placed.