Amaryllis planting tips for holiday blooms

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I cannot walk into a nursery or florist at this time of year without taking home a holiday plant or two. Amaryllis bulbs fall high on my list. I also usually include a poinsettiapaperwhites, and other favourites. I feel like holiday blooms are festive necessities like the retro decorations I’ve had since I was a kid! 


amaryllis varieties

One of these days I’ll plan ahead enough to order an amaryllis bulb online! These beauties are pretty gorgeous!

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!

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.
Planting amaryllis bulbs

I loved the frilly blooms on this amaryllis.

White amaryllis

I usually gravitate towards a holiday-red hue, this white amaryllis was absolutely stunning!

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One Response to Amaryllis planting tips for holiday blooms

  1. Gail says:

    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?

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