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Amaryllis Hippeastrum

Growing Amaryllis: Tips at a Glance

An amaryllis bulb (did someone give you one as a holiday gift?) is primed to bloom on its own in winter. Nutrition and water are stored in its bulb—no need to put it in a vase or pot except for aesthetic reasons.

  • Type Flowering bulb
  • Lifespan Perennial
  • USDA Zones 8-10
  • Light Bright, indirect
  • Water Moist soil
  • Where to Plant In a pot
  • Design Tip Holiday decor
  • Colors Red, white, etc.
  • Peak Season Winter

Amaryllis: A Field Guide

It’s a crime to consign beautiful, showy amaryllis flowers exclusively to the holiday season.

True, the flowering tropical bulb’s beautiful clusters of red, white, or variegated bugle-shaped flowers add a theatrical touch to anybody’s Christmas decór. And also true, a long blooming season will hold back winter’s dreariness for weeks. But don’t overlook other, year-round possibilities.

Amaryllis bulbs (which, to be technical, are Hippeastrum hybrids and don’t actually belong to any species of Amaryllis) can be coaxed to bloom again next year if you take care of them after flowers fade. Plant them in pots and keep the soil moist. Give them several hours a day of indirect sunlight. Fertilize them every once in a while—and then congratulate yourself next winter when they send up new flower stalks.

See a list of shops that sell a wide selection (seasonally) of amaryllis bulbs and more growing tips in Gardening 101: Amaryllis.

Planting, Care & Design of Amaryllis

More About Amaryllis

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