Learn How To Plant, Care Or Get Your Amaryllis To Re-Bloom!
Hippeastrum, Large Flowering Amaryllis, Double Amaryllis, Cybister Amaryllis, Galaxy Amaryllis, Diamond Amaryllis, Spider Amaryllis
Planting and Growing Amaryllis is easy
- Put a layer of heavy potting soil (soil/sand mixes are ideal) in the bottom of the pot, then pop in the bulb, and fill in with soil up to where the bulb’s “shoulders” taper inward. The upper shoulders and neck of the bulb are left exposed. The pot should be watered well and the soil kept barely moist until growth begins.
- Fertilize amaryllis regularly during the growth cycle starting one month after planting (when active growth is underway). Use regular houseplant food such as Miracle Gro or another general plant food applied 1 x per month. Or use a long-lasting, balanced, timed-release fertilizer, applied as needed.
- After the green shoot appears, water regularly to keep soil moist but not soggy, and move the pot to a sunny spot. Access to good sunlight during the growing phase is important to keep the plant from stretching in search of light as this can result in the already tall stems growing even taller.
- As with most bulb flowers, amaryllis will grow toward sources of light, so turn the pot regularly to keep the flower growing upright. Once the blooms open, move the pot away from direct sunlight and sources of heat. This will ensure that your blooms last as long as possible.
- Amaryllis can also be planted without soil, because, as with most bulbs, all of the food the plant needs is in the starchy material inside that makes the bulb so fat. Substitute pebbles or stones for soil, making sure to add enough around the sides to give the bulb sufficient upright support. When you add water, add just enough so that it nearly reaches, but doesn’t touch, the bottom of the bulb. The Dutch like to say, “close enough so the roots can smell the water.” Position the bulb in the pebbles or sand poised above the water level so the roots will grow down to meet the water. Once growth begins, be sure to place the plant where it receives some sun.
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.