These bulbs are huge and given the colossal flowers they produce, you would expect nothing less! Widely available in the run-up to Christmas, we are encouraged to plant them and wait for a botanical treat when most flowers are taking a winter break.
Native to South America, these are indoor Amaryllis bulbs like the heat of our homes in order to put on their pantomime like displays. Full of character and attention-seeking, if you have never grown these before - I urge you to do so!
How to grow Amaryllis Bulbs
Long fat stems are crowned with glorious trumpet-like large flowers with multiple blooms. When planting, ensure the nose and shoulders of the bulb sits above the soil. Drainage is vital as no bulb likes to sit in wet soil and regarding pot size - just a little larger than the bulb will suffice - you do not need a large pot.
When to plant Amaryllis Bulbs
Taking around 8 weeks to flower, for Christmas flowers plant in October and keep in a warm light spot. The bulbs make excellent presents, a lovely gift for a friend to plant in the new year and await an injection of colour in spring. They are also very child friendly. How about a competition between siblings of which one will flower first?
'Apple Blossom' is a classic choice, so pretty with its pink and white streaked petals and green eye standing at around 50cm in height. Introduced in the 1950s, this one has stood the test of time. 'Gervase' is brighter in colour with magenta and white veining, very striking.
If growing for Christmas, an obvious colour choice is our red Amaryllis - grow a few in a row on a table as part of your festive foliage. Pot colour can add to the experience too, gold or green would enhance your Yuletide theme.
Here is a bulb which will bring you joy and plant life at the darkest time of year. Both RHS Garden Wisley & The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew have hosted displays of Amaryllis, so you'll be in good company!