How To Grow Amaryllis Bulbs

How To Grow Amaryllis Bulbs -- Amaryllis (Amaryllis spp.) is an ornamental plant that is popular for its beautiful flowers. Amaryllis is commonly found in yards or planted in pots. This plant can be one of the ornamental plant choices to beautify your garden. Let's get started with "How To Grow Amaryllis Bulbs" below!

Amaryllis is a bulb plant with strong green, leafless stems and large, colorful flowers that bloom at the tips. The flamboyant blooms of amaryllis are a stunning sight, especially in the dead of winter and early spring. They're simple to grow and flower in six to eight weeks. They should be in bloom by Christmas if planted in mid- to late September.


The amaryllis plant produces large, trumpet-shaped flowers in a variety of colors ranging from red to pink, white, orange, salmon, or burgundy. There are also two-toned and striped options. The amaryllis blossom can be single or double and measures 4 to 8 inches across. 

Small bulbs typically produce one 1-2 ft. stem with two to three flowers. Larger bulbs can produce up to three stems, each with 3-5 flowers. Amaryllis plants that are properly cared for can bloom for up to 75 years! And, as the plant grows older, the bulb grows larger, producing more stems with more flowers.


How To Grow Amaryllis

Soak the amaryllis bulbs for a few hours to rehydrate the roots and accelerate growth. Fill a pot with compost and place the bulb on top; don't use a pot that's too large: amaryllis thrive in pots. 

Fill with compost and water thoroughly. Leave your amaryllis bulb in a warm, dark place for a few weeks before bringing it inside when a shoot appears. Flowers should be ready in six to eight weeks.


Amaryllis blooms in six to eight weeks after planting. Using the eight-week rule, you can enjoy flowers right up until Easter by stagger planting; simply count back from the desired blooming period. All amaryllis, from spidery cybisters to 75cm-tall giants, have the same needs. 

They prefer a rich, well-drained growing medium in a warm, light location. This can be accomplished by incorporating grit or sand, as well as leaf mould or well-rotted manure, into multi-purpose compost.


This chart shows when your amaryllis will bloom in relation to the date you planted it. Amaryllis blooms in six to eight weeks on average, but check the label on the variety you have — some bloom faster than others.

Planting date     Bloom timeframe

Oct. 15             Nov. 19-Dec. 10

Nov. 1             Dec. 6-27

Nov. 15             Dec. 20-Jan. 10

Dec. 1             Jan. 6-28

Dec. 15             Jan. 19-Feb. 9

Jan. 1             Feb. 6-26

Jan. 15             Feb. 19-March 12

Feb. 1             March 8-29

Feb. 15             April 5-26


Amaryllis, unlike some other bulbs, do not require a rest or dormant period. If they are allowed to grow, they will bloom again. Bloom time, on the other hand, can be controlled by allowing the bulb to go dormant (stop growing) for a period of time. Plants use very little of their energy reserves during this resting period (dormancy).

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