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Amaryllis: How to Get Holiday Blooms

AmaryllisWe are frequently asked: "What can I do to ensure my amaryllis are in bloom for the holidays?" Amaryllis are one of the easiest bulbs to grow (no green thumb required) and will bloom 6 to 10 weeks after planting. If you want to ensure blooms for the holidays, below are a few things you can do.

Plant Multiple Varieties

The time between planting and bloom varies for different Amaryllis varieties, so plant several varieties for a long season of bloom.

Stagger Planting Times

Starting in mid to late October, plant one Amaryllis Bulb every week for three or four weeks.That way, bulbs will be in different stages of growth and one or more will be in bloom for the holidays.

Modify the Growing Environment

Although it’s best to grow Amaryllis at room temperature, you can vary the growth rate by modifying the temperature.Once the flower stalk is formed, you can slow its growth by placing the plant in a room Amaryllisthat’s a bit cooler (55 to 60F) or speed its growth with warmer temperatures (75 to 80 F). You will want to water sparingly, only about once per week.

Prolong the Life of Blooms

Once your Amaryllis is in full bloom, you can keep it looking its best by keeping it at cool room temperature and out of direct sunlight. If it’s on display in a warm room, just put it in a cool (55 to 60F) place at night.

What are your favorite Amaryllis varieties? Please share in the comments below or write on our Facebook wall. Happy Gardening!

September 30, 2013 · Amanda Shepard · 3 Comments
Tags: , , , ,  · Posted in: Flower Bulbs, Gardening in Fall, Gardening in the Winter, How-Tos

3 Responses

  1. Barbara Halstead - October 1, 2013

    How do we care for bulb and get it to bloom the next winter

  2. Rhoda - October 1, 2013

    I always buy poinsettias during the Christmas season but reading this information I will try Amaryllis. My house is cool during the cold months and this flowers are perfect in my house. I am sorry, I do not know any varieties of these flowers but they are so pretty.

  3. Mike Lizotte - October 2, 2013

    Hello Barbara,

    This is a common question that we get often. Once your amaryllis flowers have faded cut them off. Once the stalk has turned brown you can cut that back to the base of the bulb. Keep watering and fertilize through the spring/summer. You will see leaves begin to grow back which is normal. Let them continue to grow until them begin to turn yellow which might be around early fall. Cut them back, and now you’re ready to dig your bulb up to refrigerate. Clean the bulb off and store in a cool refrigerated place (ideally 40-50 degrees) for a minimum of 6 weeks. After the 6 weeks bring them out, re-pot and they should bloom again within 8 weeks.

    I hope you find this information helpful and if we can be of furthe assistance let us know!

    Happy Gardening!

    Mike “The Seed Man!”