Gardening Tales

Lets Grow Amaryllis

November 10, 2014
It is time, time to plant our Amaryllis bulbs so we will have gorgeous blooms just in time for


I just planted my bulbs yesterday, and I am so thrilled - they are going to be pink!

I am starting mine from scratch, here are some instructions on how it is going to work.

It is so easy and so neat to see what happens in the upcoming weeks.

I make no promises on success....winky...but after all of the reading I have done,

I feel certain we can do this!

So, lets get started.

Soak Amaryllis roots in warm water for three hours prior to planting.

This speeds up the growing process by softening up the roots, just soak the roots though, not the

entire bulb as we don't want the roots to rot or the bulb to mold.

I chose not to purchase a kit because I wanted to see what sort of bulb I was getting.

It is important to choose bulbs that look clean, are disease free

and have marginal leaf and stem growth.

We want all of the effort that the Amaryllis is going to put into being beautiful

into the roots, in the beginning of the growing cycle.

Because Amaryllis roots are susceptible to root rot under soggy conditions it is important to

choose a pot that has good drainage and a potting mixture that drains well and retains moisture.

I chose a moisture control potting mix which protects against over and underwatering.

Amaryllis can be grown alone or together, I have read several articles which suggest that Amaryllis

like a little company, so I planted my two side by side.

I believe that the criteria is adequate spacing.

Pot size for one bulb should be around 7 inches deep and 2 inches wider than the top of the bulb.

Fill the pot 2/3 full with potting soil and make small indention's with your hands to nestle

the bulbs in.  Being careful not to disturb the roots.  Gently yet firmly press the bulbs into place

leaving the top third of the bulb uncovered. Do not cover the entire bulb with soil, it will rot.

Water the soil around the bulb well and move to a bright location with a minimum

temperature of 60 degrees.

Water sparingly until growth appears, then keep moist but do not over water.

Turn pot around to keep it from growing crooked, as the Amaryllis tends to learn toward the light.


Now that we know what an Amaryllis bulb likes, we can grow them easily and

expect magnificent blooms in 4-6 weeks after planting!


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  1. Great instructions. My mother in law always grew beautiful amaryllis every year and when I see one I am always reminded of her….They are such beautiful flowers and I always associate them with Christmas…I think I am going to change from red this to another color….change things up….

  2. Jemma,
    I can't wait to see your Amaryllis for Christmas. You know, when I see red flowers, my heart always skips a beat. They are going to be so pretty and perfect for this special holiday. I love the "Joy" picture, it's lovely.

    Have a good week, Jemma.


  3. Oh, you make me want to go out and buy some amaryllis bulbs. I had one years ago and loved it.

    Good luck with your bulbs!

  4. Those are going to be just fabulous! Jemma I would have no idea where to even get one - I am so bad.

  5. Oh my, just look at that gorgeous red, and I spy another cardinal. ;)
    Just came over from Sheri's place and she purchased a snow globe with cardinals. Saw your comment right before mine, and could not resist. :)
    Hope you have a lovely weekend, Jemma.


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