Winter Gems: Amaryllis

Winter can be a hard time for gardeners, but that is the great thing about amaryllis! They are exquisitely beautiful and are easy to grow indoors. We currently carry 10 varieties of blooming amaryllis bulbs (while supplies last). The flowers differ in size and you can tell how large the bloom will be by the size of the bulb. The bigger the bulb, the larger the bloom! They also vary in color and there are single and double blooming plants!

How to Grow Amaryllis

The bulbs can take 7-10 weeks to bloom. When selecting a bulb to plant, choose firm bulbs with no soft divots. Before planting your bulb, let the base and roots soak in lukewarm water for a few hours. Next, plant the bulb in a container that is about 3 inches wider than the bulb itself and be careful to not damage the roots. When you plant it, make sure the top half of the bulb is above the soil. After it’s planted, water the bulb once and then do not water it again until you observe growth or until the soil is totally dried out. After that, water very frugally and place it in warm spot that receives direct light. The plant will require more frequent watering once the bud and leaves begin to thrive. When this begins, it will also benefit from being moved into a cool room with bright, indirect light. Skip fertilizing the plant while it is blooming and keep the soil evenly damp. Depending on the size of your plant and bloom, it may require some sort of stakes for support. Once your plant is done blooming, cut the old flowers from the stem and let the stem begin to sag. Once it begins to droop, cut it back to the top of the bulb.

In order to get your amaryllis to bloom again next season, water and fertilize the leaves through the year. Next fall, cut the leaves back to 2 inches above the top of the bulb and take the bulb out of the soil and pot. Store the bulb in a cool, dark place for a minimum of 6 weeks. Then, when the holiday season rolls back around, you can start the process all over again! For more information on how to encourage your amaryllis to rebloom year after year, check out this blog! Below you will see the varieties we carry (while supplies last).

Jewel: Very fragrant

Red Dragon: Brilliant Double Red Flowers

Pink Pizzazz: Rich Pink Flowers

Scarlet Baby: Prolific Bloomer

Samba: Large, Semi-double Blooms

Mont Blanc: White Traditional Favorite

Red Lion: Red Traditional Favorite