Amaryllis Planting and Care
- Quick Tips
- Amaryllis-One of a Kind
- Preparation for Planting
- Placement and Watering
- Flowering Period
- After-Bloom Care
- More Information
- Planting Period:
October until the end of April.
- Flowering Period:
Late December until the end of June.
- Flowering time
is 7-10 weeks.
- Larger bulbs
produce more flowers.
- Always store
un-planted bulbs in a cool place between 40-50 deg. F.
Amaryllis-One of a Kind
Of all flowering bulbs,
amaryllis are the easiest to bring to bloom. This can be accomplished
indoors or out, and over an extended period of time. The amaryllis
originated in South America's tropical regions and has the botanical name
Hippeastrum. The large flowers and ease with which they can be brought
to bloom make amaryllis popular and in demand worldwide. The amaryllis
comes in many beautiful varieties including various shades of red, white,
pink, salmon and orange. There are also many striped and multicolored
varieties, usually combining shades of pink or red with white.
Preparation for Planting
The base and roots
of the bulb should be placed in lukewarm water for a few hours.
Remember, if you cannot plant the bulbs immediately after receiving
them, store them at a cool temperature between 40-50 degrees F.
Plant bulbs in a
nutritious potting compost, many are available pre-mixed. Plant
the bulb up to its neck in the potting compost, being careful not to
damage the roots. Press the soil down firmly to set the bulb securely
in place after planting.
Placement and Watering
Plant the bulb,
or place the potted bulb in a warm place with direct light since heat
is necessary for the development of the stems. The ideal temperature
is 68 to 70 degrees F. Water sparingly until the stem appears,
then, as the bud and leaves appear, gradually water more. At this
point, the stem will grow rapidly and flowers will develop after it
has reached full growth.
Bulbs will flower
in 7-10 weeks as a general rule. In winter the flowering time will
be longer than in spring. Set up your planting schedule between
October and April with this in mind. To achieve continuous bloom,
plant at intervals of 2 weeks for stunning color in your home or garden.
After-Flowering. After the amaryllis
has stopped flowering, it can be made to flower again. Cut the
old flowers from the stem after flowering, and when the stem starts
to sag, cut it back to the top of the bulb.
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Leaf Growth and Development. Continue to water and fertilize
as normal all summer, or for at least 5-6 months, allowing the leaves to fully develop and grow.
When the leaves begin to yellow, which normally occurs in the early fall,
cut the leaves back to about 2 inches from the top of the
bulb and remove the bulb from the soil.
Bulb Storage. Clean the bulb and place it
in a cool (40-50 deg. F), dark place such as the crisper of your refrigerator
for a minimum of 6 weeks. Caution: Do not store amaryllis bulbs
in a refrigerator that contains apples, this will sterilize the bulbs.
Store the bulbs for a minimum of 6 weeks.
Plant Again. After 6 weeks you may remove
bulbs whenever you would like to plant them. Plant bulbs 8 weeks before
you would like them to bloom.