About amaryllis bulbs
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, amaryllis make great indoor bulbs as they absorb the heat of our homes and put on a pantomime like display. Full of character and attention-seeking, if you have never grown these before - I urge you to do so!
How to grow Amaryllis Bulbs
Plant amaryllis bulbs with their nose and shoulders just above the soil. Drainage is vital as no bulb likes to sit in wet soil. Regarding pot size - just a little larger than the bulb will suffice - you do not need a large pot.
When to plant Amaryllis Bulbs
Plant amaryllis bulbs 8 weeks before you want them to flower. For Christmas flowers plant in October and keep in a warm light spot. The bulbs make 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?
Do amaryllis bulbs come back year after year?
Yes, despite many people disposing of their amaryllis after their blooms fade, with the right care they will rebloom year after year.
What to do with amaryllis bulbs after they bloom?
Encourage blooms year after year with these simple steps:
- After flowers fade and die, cut the stem off just above the bulb
- Keep as an indoor plant during winter months, ideally in a sunny location
- Leave foliage to grow
- Move outside in spring after frost risk has passed
- Feed during spring and summer
- Move plant indoors before autumn/winter frosts
- Keep in cool, dark place and allow amaryllis to go dormant
- Wake plants up after 6-8 weeks, place in a sunny location and water
- Enjoy another year of gorgeous blooms
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!