Holiday Color Indoors: Amaryllis Bulbs 101

Amaryllis flowers are a traditional holiday favorite. They beautifully unfurl in beautiful reds, whites, pinks, oranges and greens. You can easily pot them during the cold season and plant them in the spring. They make great Christmas gifts too! Here’s a step-by-step guide the folks at Southern Living have put together.

 

How to Plant Amaryllis Bulbs: Step 1

Step 1

Start with a pot a little larger than the width of your bulb. (Or cluster several bulbs close together in a larger container.) You want a tight fit. Use a porous, sterile potting mix that’s rich in organic matter. Soak each bulb in lukewarm water for a half hour before planting.

 

 

 

 

How to Plant Amaryllis Bulbs: Step 2
Step 2

Add bulb to pot. Do not bury the bulb. Leave at least one-third of the bulb above soil level. Water well, and then let drain. Make sure you place it in a warm room to get it started.

Water again only after you see the green growth of the leaves emerging from the bulb. Do not overwater.

 

 

 

 

How to Plant Amaryllis Bulbs: Step 3

 Step 3

Dress up your containers by covering soil with pine cones, moss, gravel, small stones, or even glass ornaments.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Van Chaplin, Article: Gene B. Bussell

 

 

Many Thanks to the Southern Living garden team! http://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/gardens/amaryllis-bulbs-how-to-00417000070019/

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