Amaryllis - January 15, 2015, Copyright 2015, Teresa Coppens

Amaryllis – January 15, 2015, Copyright 2015, Teresa Coppens

Amaryllis are a beautiful Christmas plant but make an attractive addition to your home anytime you can get a hold of their bulbs.  This Amaryllis beauty came to me through an auction held annually by our local Learning Disabilities of Peterborough.  It came as a kit.  All I needed to do was add water and wait.  I started the bulb on December 11, 2014.  I thought this would have been plenty of time for a Christmas showing of flowers.  I was completely wrong.  Our room is quite cold at times so that may have had a great deal to do with the slower growth of this Amaryllis.

These flowers are suitable for even the most pathetic gardeners.  Without even the slightest green thumb, you can have beautiful Amaryllis blooms grace your house particularly in the winter when these bulbs are sold by the hundreds:

  • plant them in the fall
  • make sure the top third of the bulb is above the soil
  • any growing mix will do—mine is growing in decorative gravel
  • heavier pots tend to be better as the heavy stems will topple plastic pots
  • place in a well-lit spot
  • water when you remember
Amaryllis - January 16, 2015  Copyright 2014, Teresa Coppens

Amaryllis – January 16, 2015 Copyright 2014, Teresa Coppens

After your Amaryllis has finished flowering you can make it bloom again.  Follow these steps:

  • cut off the flower and place the plant outside once all danger of frost has past
  • fertilize every month to produce an abundance of healthy green leaves
  • stop fertilizing and watering the plant in late September and wait for the leaves to turn yellow
  • cut off the leaves and bring the pot indoors
  • store it in a cool room, such as an unheated porch or garage where the temperature does not go above 17°C and does not drop below freezing
  • don’t water
  • after about 2 months bring the pot back in the house and wait until a new green shoot appears
  • only then should you water the plant – water twice a week until it blooms

Enjoy these plants every year as I do.  They are so easy and such beauties to behold!

Amaryllis - January 24, Copyright 2015, Teresa Coppens

Amaryllis – January 24, Copyright 2015, Teresa Coppens

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