Winter is rapidly approaching and soon our
landscapes will become dormant. This is the time of year that we begin to
migrate towards gardening indoors. One of the easiest and most rewarding
projects is growing... Amaryllis.
months topic... Growing Amaryllis Indoors
Amaryllis belongs to the genus Hippeastrum.
Their sometimes called Magic Lilies or Resurrection Lily. It is a true
bulb that was originally native to tropical areas of South America and
Southern Africa. Here in Colorado...
Amaryllis must be grown indoors, as they are not winter hardy.
bulbs available today are mostly hybrids that took many years to develop.
These hybrid bulbs can be readily found in kit form or in bulk at your local
Garden Center in shades of red, pink, white, salmon, orange, and bi-colors.
shopping for bulbs choose one that is firm to the touch. Larger bulbs often
tend to produce more stalks and flowers than smaller diameter bulbs. Avoid
purchasing bulk Amaryllis bulbs that have begun to grow stalks in the
The next step...
Potting your Amaryllis Bulb
Amaryllis prefer to be potted in a deep container just wide enough to
allow 1" to 1.5" of open space around the bulb. Be sure to select
a container that has drainage holes in the bottom. The growing medium should
be sterile and well drained. Avoid using soils that contain pine bark.
Carefully plant your new Amaryllis bulb in the center of the pot leaving
one-third of the bulb exposed above the soil line. After planting...
thoroughly water in the freshly planted bulb with tepid water. Amaryllis
like to be pot bound. They can be re-grown in the same container for several
essentials for success... Water, Light and Temperature
After the initial watering don't water again until the flower stem
emerges from the bulb. Then keep the soil moist... but never soggy as it
will cause the bulb to rot. A
general rule of thumb is to check your Amaryllis bulb for watering every 6 to 9
days. Avoid pouring water directly on the bulb.
the home or office the Amaryllis bulb should be kept at 70 to 75 degrees in
a well lighted area. Southern exposure is usually best. Once your Amaryllis
plant begins to flower... it should be moved to a cooler location to extend
the flower life.
When your Amaryllis bulb begins to grow... it's time to start feeding.
Feed your plant every 2 or 3 weeks with any balanced liquid plant food, or a
single application of a slow release granular fertilizer such as Osmocote
will do nicely.
As the flowers begin to fade, carefully cut them off one by one removing
the flower stem last.
After all the flowers have bloomed out... your Amaryllis bulb should have
grown some leaves. Move your Amaryllis back to a sunny location so the
leaves can store some "new energy" back into the bulb. Once the
leaves start to wither move your Amaryllis to a dry, cool,
dark area. Preferably an area that is about 55 to 60 degrees. Leave your Amaryllis
in this location for 8 to 10 weeks. Do not water or feed your plant during
this resting period. Remove any dead foliage, but don't cut off any green
leaves until they naturally decline. After the resting period move your Amaryllis back
to its southern exposure to start the process all over again.
Amaryllis make great holiday gifts...
As you can see Amaryllis are very easy to grow. They make excellent
holiday gifts... rewarding its owner with clusters of brightly colored flowers year
after year. Your local Garden Center will have a good selection of hybrid
Amaryllis either in kits or bulk bulbs that are ready to be planted.
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