I cannot walk into a nursery or florist in late fall without taking home a holiday plant or two. Amaryllis bulbs fall high on my list. I also usually include a poinsettia, paperwhites, and other favorites. I feel like holiday blooms are festive necessities like the retro decorations I’ve had since I was a kid. There are a few tips to consider when planting and shopping for amaryllis to ensure that the bulb you select flowers for you.
Some years, I plant my amaryllis from a bulb, but others I opt for a plant that has already been potted and looks promising in terms of growth. I look for straight, sturdy stems. I also give the plant a good once over to make sure I’m not bringing home any pests to my other plants. Last year I almost grabbed a potted amaryllis bulb and it had fungus gnats flying around it!
Planting an amaryllis bulb
If you bring an amaryllis bulb home to plant yourself, here are some planting tips.
- Soak the bulb’s roots in lukewarm water for a few hours.
- Plant the bulb in a container that’s only an inch or so larger than the bulb itself, using a lightweight potting soil. When planted, the top third of the bulb should remain above the soil.
- Place the pot in a warm spot in direct light, and only water it when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.
- Once the bud and leaves appear, begin to water it more thoroughly.
- It takes about six to 10 weeks for an amaryllis to bloom.
Add this to your holiday inspiration board.
My Red Lion was amazing last year and is beginning to sprout again now…I think I need another Amaryllis to keep it company. A white one or a few pink ones maybe?
I’m planning to give Blooming Amaryllis for Christmas gifts this year. Having a hard time finding the vases a a low price. The bulbs already cost plenty. Any source for the right vase at the right price?
Tara Nolan says
Maybe Ikea or a Dollar Store?