Grow Amaryllis – Step by Step to Blooming Splendor
Welcome to our ultimate guide to growing Amaryllis! If you’re as enamored with these magnificent beauties as we are, you’ve come to the right place. Don’t worry, although Amaryllis can look luxurious and complicated, it’s surprisingly easy to get them to thrive in your home. Just follow our simple steps below.
Plant the amaryllis bulb in a pot with good drainage. Leave the width of about two fingers between the edge of the pot and the bulb since amaryllises often grow tall and can become somewhat top-heavy if the pot is too small. Aim for about half of the bulb to stick out of the soil. Additionally, it’s a good idea to use a pot with a saucer because the bulb should not be watered from above. Water the soil thoroughly during planting.
2. Correct placement
Amaryllis need light to grow but avoid direct sunlight. A place near a window, but without direct sunlight, is ideal. Put the bulb in a warmer place if you want to speed up the process.
3. Watering and fertilization
During the growing season, Amaryllis need water about once a week. Water sparingly to avoid rotting. Do not water directly on the bulb, but preferably from a flowerpot saucer.
4. After flowering
Once an amaryllis has started to bloom, it should be kept slightly cooler than during its growth period for an extended flowering period. When it has finished blooming, you can trim the stem, as there may be more stems developing that could otherwise divert nutrients from the new growth. Let it rest for a few months before starting the process again.
Amaryllis is truly a flower out of the ordinary and with the right care you can enjoy its splendor year after year. And remember, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned gardener, we’re here to help.
Good luck with your Amaryllis cultivation!
Author: Johanna Damm
Fact-checked by Erik Hoekstra
Last updated: 2023-10-11