How To Care For Your Amaryllis Bulbs So They Flower Again Next Year!
Learn all about Amaryllis care to grow the most beautiful flower. Growing Amaryllis bulbs as houseplants is very easy and many people enjoy these beautiful plants for the Christmas season. Here are some tips on propagation, forcing the bulbs and how to grow Amaryllis results so it will flower again the following year.
The care for these bulbs is not hard...but finding the exact origin of the Amaryllis flower (or Hippeastrum) has been very hard!
Many believe that a young German doctor, Eduard Frederich
Poepping, found the flower in 1828 in Chile while looking for new plants.
The Dutch have spent centuries working and breeding new Amaryllis varieties
with colorful large flowers. Scientists have developed some eye-catching striped varieties and large very showy pink or white flowers.They really put on a great show and brighten up the dull winter months indoors with their beautiful flowers.
How to choose good Amaryllis bulbs
Purchased bulbs should be the biggest, firmest, plumpest bulbs you can find. They should contain no soft spots, no mold and no scent, as they
will produce better flowers.
If not planting immediately store the bulb in a dark, cool, dry place such as the refrigerator.
When ready trim dead roots and remove dry outer layers. Then soak the bulb in
lukewarm water for about six hours. To plant the bulb as a
house plant you
should choose a clay pot that is 2 inches wider than the bulb.
Plant the bulb in a nutritious well-drained potting compost of equal
sand and organic matter leaving about one-third of the bulb exposed.
Firm the compost around the bulb and water to settle the soil around the
Don't water again until the leaves start to grow. Place the container in
a cool but bright spot.
The amaryllis plant should flower within 6-8 weeks from setting the bulb.
Amaryllis care after spouting requires removing it from any heat source
and rotating the pot weekly while watering very sparingly. Bulb rot is a
common problem if you keep the plant too wet.
Let the flower stem wither till it has gone yellow. Cut it off about two
inches away from the bulb. Now it is time to water and feed your plant
regularly to encourage strong growth. Reduce the watering and feeding in
late summer. The leaves should start to go yellow.
Once the foliage has withered away stop watering and store the plant in a
Before you start forcing Amaryllis bulbs in the spring remove the plant
carefully from its pot. Shake off some of the compost without damaging
root system. Repot the bulb with fresh potting soil. Water the plant
and bring it into a warmer and bright spot.
With proper care, you will get beautiful flowers,
tropical bell shaped blossoms that are usually about 3 inches long and
color from crimson-red to pink and white. Some varieties have a
If you are going to plant the amaryllis bulb outside, you should plant
it so that it is only half way in the ground. Temperatures should be
65 degrees F and they should be planted in a well-drained area with
direct sunlight. Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer and reapply it about
Amaryllis can be propagated from seeds, offsets or cuttage.
How to germinate Amaryllis seeds
To propagate from seeds do so 4 weeks after the seedpod has formed.
Allow the seeds to dry for a few days and then plant them in a partially
shaded area that is well drained. When the seeds germinate, they need
To propagate from offsets look for bulbs growing along side the main
bulb in the fall. Replant those bulbs that are half the size of the
How to propagate Amaryllis from cuttage
To propagate from cuttage during the summer, cut the bulbs vertically
into at least four pieces, making sure each cut part has at least two
connected to the basal plate. Apply a fungicide dust to the pieces and
plant them base down so that at least a third of the bulb is above
At this time, you need to transplant them into small pots. The plant will not bloom for two to three years.
These are lovely plants, requiring very little in the way of care, as
long as you remember not to overwater, and to plant the bulb with at
least 1/3 of the bulb showing while doing your amaryllis care. Then sit
back and enjoy the splendid flowers.