Anne of Green Gardens

Amaryllis, the Bulb that Blooms for many Moons!

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The festive blossoms of amaryllis (Hippeastrum spp.) make a great addition to any holiday décor. Flower color can be red, white, peach, pink or combinations of these colors. The flowers are 8-10 inches wide on stems over a foot tall, and blooms may last for several weeks!

How to Care for a Blooming Amaryllis Plant

How to “Force” your Bulb to Bloom Again

Unlike most bulbs which are forced, amaryllis can bloom again the following year, and every year after that if you want. I read recently about a gardener who had a 40 year old amaryllis bulb that was still blooming! The cool thing about amaryllis is that it doesn’t need to be “chilled” to get it to bloom again. Here’s what to do:

How to Plant an Amaryllis Bulb Indoors

How to Plant an Amaryllis Bulb Outdoors

In warm climates you can enjoy these bulbs outside. Plant September through April in full sun in an area with good drainage, planting the bulbs in clumps several inches apart for a dazzling effect. Plant bulbs up to their “shoulders” with the pointed end facing “up,” leaving the bulb showing at least 1 inch above the surface of the soil. Water well. Remove dead stalks after the bulbs bloom, and then mulch with several inches of leaves in fall to protect the bulbs from frost. The bulbs should begin growing again in spring and flower again!

Are Amaryllis Toxic?

The bulb of the amaryllis is toxic and should not be ingested. Keep bulbs away from dogs who may want to chew on them, as well as away from children.

Other Holiday Plants

I’ve also written blog posts about Poinsettia Care as well one as Christmas Cactus.

Wait, I was looking for information about Naked Ladies!

If you were looking for information about the “Naked Lady” amaryllis, I’ve written a blog post about that, too.



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