The Amaryllis is a beautiful, bright blooming flower which can be a wonderful house plant. They are relatively easy to grow, and they will provide your home with exotic blooms from 6” to 8” across in a variety of colors. These are a perfect indoor winter flower as well because they do well in a cool windowsill or cooler room. Of course, don’t let the flower become too cold or frozen as this will may cause it to die. But, it can be a beautiful addition to an otherwise cold and blue winter home.
Your Amaryllis will bloom in as little as six weeks and as many as ten. Over time, you may need a support for your Amaryllis as they can grow too tall/heavy to support themselves. Always make sure to use heavyweight pots instead of lightweight planters because the flowers can become too heavy and tip over, causing your Amaryllis and its soil to dump on the ground. This makes for unwanted cleanup and an Amaryllis that may need some extra care.
If you would like to try to get more years out of your Amaryllis, it is important to fertilize regularly and keep in a sunny area indoors. Most Amaryllis bulbs will have two flowering spikes per bulb. When all of the flowers have faded, cut the flower spike off 3” above the bulb making sure to leave the foliage on the bulb. Continue to water and fertilize till July. Then, stop watering the bulb. The foliage will wither away slowly. Eventually remove the old foliage and let the bulb rest for at least 2-3 months in a cool, dark space. (Basement or closet will do.) In October, start watering as needed. New Foliage and flower spikes should appear in November or December.
If you have any questions about how to take care of your Amaryllis, please give Wittendale’s Florist a call! We are happy to advise you on how to properly take care of your Amaryllis, the best conditions, and how to get more years out of your Amaryllis. We’re also happy to answer any unique questions specific to your situation. Give us a call today with your questions!