How to plant amaryllis bulbs

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First steps:

  • Tonkadale Greenhouse pots for amaryllisChoose a pot or vase that will accommodate your amaryllis bulb with about 1-2 inches of space between the bulb and the side of the pot. Fill pot halfway full with potting mix or pebbles.
  • Place amaryllis bulb on top of soil or pebbles.
  • Fill in pot with potting soil and pebbles so that about 1/3 of the bulb is still exposed on the top.
  • Firm the soil or pebbles around the bulb.
  • Water-in your bulb.

Tonkadale Greenhouse amaryllis in potAfter planting:

  • Continue to water when the potting mix is dry to the touch. If you planted your bulb in pebbles, add water to a level 1” below the base of the bulb. You don’t want your bulb to be sitting in water or it will rot and become stinky!
  • Provide ample sunshine; place in a sunny space.
  • Growth generally begins with a few weeks after planting, and you can expect to see blooms within 6-8 weeks of planting.

Getting your amaryllis to bloom indoors is not an exact science. Growth and bloom time are dependent on light, water and temperature. The good news is the blooms last a very long time and bulbs will shoot up multiple flower stalks over the course of a few weeks.

Flower stalks tend to curve towards the light (don’t we all), so rotate your pot as the stem elongates in order to keep you flower stalks straight. Flower stalks may become heavy and need some extra support (again, don’t we all). Use a bamboo stake or a hunk of red twig dogwood to support the weight of the blooms.

At Tonkadale, we like to top-dress the soil with sheet moss and hemlock cones to add a finishing touch. It’s one of our signature looks, but you can use it and claim it as your own.

Save your amaryllis bulb and re-bloom it next year!

Tonkadale Greenhouse amaryllis bulbAfter your bulb is finished flowering, it is exhausted. As the last bloom fades, cut off the flower stalks to 3-5 inches above the bulb. DO NOT CUT OFF THE LEAVES at this time! They produce the food that will be stored in the bulb.

Keep your bulb in a sunny window and continue to water it – add in a water-soluble fertilizer once a month or so.

When the danger of frost has passed in the spring (about mid-May in our area), transfer your bulb outdoors. You can leave it in the existing pot or plant it in the ground. A part-sun location is best.

In the fall, after a good hard frost, dig up your bulb and cut back the leaves. Let it dry out. Store in a cool, dry and dark place for 8-10 weeks. After this rest period, re-plant your bulb and enjoy all over again.

Here’s the thing: if you don’t want to go to the work of saving your amaryllis bulb from year to year, you don’t have to. Just bless it, chuck it in the compost, and buy a new one next year. And if you go through all the effort to save your bulb and then you let it freeze outside or forget about it in the basement, not to worry! We are here for you!

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