First published: December 4, 2013 in Featured ArticlesLast Updated: December 4, 2013 8:25 am Tough to read? Print this! Email This
Amaryllis are big, bold and very easy to grow. And if you don’t want to take a chance on growing your own, you can purchase the blooms from your local flower shop – they will last for about 2 weeks.
Amarylis are truly magnificent – they hold themselves proudly on sturdy stems that are about 18 – 24 inches tall and each stem can produce up to four showy, trumpet-shape blooms and deep red, pink, snow-white or multiple colours.
Amaryllis is a native or Central and South America and once you bring the bulbs home, they will need little encouragement – only a spot where they can shine.Here is what you need to do:
Water well: Allow water to drain through the pot and make sure the water stays below the top of the bulb.
Place the pot in a sunny spot: Water sparingly until a flower spike appears. Soil should be moist but never soggy.
Keep the pot warm: Amaryllis are touchy about cool breezes so you will need to put the pot in a draft-free spot.
Wait patiently: Most Amaryllis will bloom four to six weeks after planting.
Move flowers: Once flowers start to appear, indirect light is best. Snip off flowers as they fade. Cut the stems about an inch for the base after all flowers have bloomed. Strappy leaves grow as the flowering period ends.
If you are thinking about giving Amaryllis as a gift or using it as a decorating item in your home, here are a few ideas:
Hope you have enjoyed this information – please send me your comments and pictures as well – your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated!