How to Grow Amaryllis
Find Out How to Grow Amaryllis for the Perfect Holiday Centerpiece
Amaryllis are amongst the easiest flower bulbs to grow. These flamboyant beauties are renowned for their enormous blooms in stunning shades of red, white, pink, and orange; they can be grown outdoors in frost-free areas (zones 9 - 11). Elsewhere, grow the bulbs indoors where they will bloom between November to April, making a lovely holiday centerpiece. Read our guide to learn how to grow amaryllis for a magnificent display.
How to Grow Amaryllis Indoors
Plant amaryllis bulbs between October and April. For a single bulb, use an 8" pot that is about an inch deeper than the bulb. The top half of the bulb should be just above the surface of the soil. Water thoroughly and place in a sunny, cool place. As the shoot appears, increase watering and once the blooms open, move out of direct sunlight to prolong their life.
How to Grow Amaryllis Bulbs Outdoors
If you live in an area with a warm climate, you may be wondering how to grow amaryllis bulbs outside. Choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil that should be enriched with compost or manure. Plant in groups with the tops of the bulbs exposed. In zone 8, mulch in the winter to protect from any frosts and they will reward you with a colorful display in spring. The bulbs can be left in the ground for many seasons.
How to Grow Amaryllis: Aftercare
After the blooms have faded, cut off the stems. Large leaves will now grow; feed monthly with a pot plant fertilizer to help next year’s bloom to develop. Place outside in a sheltered position after the risk of frost. In fall, stop watering and place in a cool dark location such as a garage for 6 weeks. Then remove the old leaves and repot the bulb in fresh soil; your amaryllis should bloom again in 6 - 10 weeks.Now you know how to grow amaryllis, why not plant a few to bring color and charm to your holiday decor? Have a look at our jumbo amaryllis bulb collection, where you will discover a carefully chosen selection of the best varieties.