Amaryllis abound during the holiday season. With colors ranging from whites, strips, reds, and pinks, there is sure to be a color to help you celebrate the season.
This spectacular bulb makes an ideal gift. When handling the bulb, be careful not to break fragile roots.
- Select a pot large enough to allow an inch of potting soil around the sides of the bulb.
- Plant your amaryllis in potting soil, leaving about an inch of the neck exposed above the level of the soil.
- Water well, and place the potted bulb near a window with bright light. In low light, the stalk will grow tall and weak, losing the ability to hold the flower heads without staking.
- When the flowers fade, treat amaryllis as one of your houseplants.
- Fertilize monthly with 20-20-20 or similar analyst. Remember the foliage has to grow to replenish the food reserves in the bulb.
After the treat of frost, you can plant your amaryllis in the garden.