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8 Favorites: Handmade Pots for Amaryllis and Paperwhite Bulbs

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8 Favorites: Handmade Pots for Amaryllis and Paperwhite Bulbs

December 8, 2022

Like many gardeners, I love to pot up amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs during the winter. It satisfies my itch to make things bloom while the ground is frozen outside. Luckily, they’re very easy to grow: You can plant them in soil or in water. To showcase these uplifting winter flowers, grow them in beautiful handmade containers. Here is a selection from some of my favorite artisans.

In Soil

If you want to plant in soil, use a vessel that has a drainage hole. Pot up your amaryllis, roots down, in a container with well-drained potting mix, so that the bottom three-fourths of the bulb is covered. Water immediately after potting, then wait until it starts to sprout. Place it in a sunny window. Once it has sprouted keep the soil consistently watered, moist but not sopping. (The bulb will rot if it stays too wet.) Paperwhites can be grown the same way; but leave the top third of the bulb exposed. Look for amaryllis and paperwhite varieties at shops like John Scheepers, White Flower Farm, and Terrain.

English ceramics studio Brickett Davda offers a dreamy palette inspired by the British coast and countryside for its glazed Blossom Garden Pot, which is paired with a saucer. From \$\195 for 6.5 inch diameter pot at MARCH.
Above: English ceramics studio Brickett Davda offers a dreamy palette inspired by the British coast and countryside for its glazed Blossom Garden Pot, which is paired with a saucer. From $195 for 6.5 inch diameter pot at MARCH.
Hand-thrown by Frances Palmer in Connecticut, the graceful No. 6 Terra-Cotta Urn is \10-inches in diameter so you can pack in a generous assortment of bulbs for a showstopping display; \$800.
Above: Hand-thrown by Frances Palmer in Connecticut, the graceful No. 6 Terra-Cotta Urn is 10-inches in diameter so you can pack in a generous assortment of bulbs for a showstopping display; $800.
Ben Wolff’s #4 Half Pot in White Clay can develop mossy-green patina over time. The pot comes with a matching saucer that is sealed and fitted with cork pads to protect your table; \$58.
Above: Ben Wolff’s #4 Half Pot in White Clay can develop mossy-green patina over time. The pot comes with a matching saucer that is sealed and fitted with cork pads to protect your table; $58.
Wheel-thrown in Vermont by Farmhouse Pottery, the two-toned stoneware Trunk Garden Pot features textural grooves inspired by the rings of a tree; from \$45.
Above: Wheel-thrown in Vermont by Farmhouse Pottery, the two-toned stoneware Trunk Garden Pot features textural grooves inspired by the rings of a tree; from $45.

In Water

To grow paperwhites in water, fill a water-tight container with a few inches of pebbles or pea gravel. Nestle the bulbs into the stones, roots down, tops up. Add water so that only the roots are submerged; bulbs will rot if they soak. Place the pot in a sunny window and wait a few weeks until they flower. You can also grow amaryllis this way, though I prefer the soil method. Just make sure to cover its larger bulb with enough pebbles to keep it firmly in place as it grows.

The Farmhouse Flared Bowl by Los Angeles-based Sheldon Ceramics (pictured in eggshell) spans nine inches in diameter and can be placed in the dishwasher after the blooms have past; \$\135 sheldonceramics.com.
Above: The Farmhouse Flared Bowl by Los Angeles-based Sheldon Ceramics (pictured in eggshell) spans nine inches in diameter and can be placed in the dishwasher after the blooms have past; $135 sheldonceramics.com.
Handmade in Pennsylvania, Marcie McGoldrick’s elegant Footed Porcelain Bowl (pictured in maize) has a matte exterior finish and comes in a range of sophisticated hues; from \$56.
Above: Handmade in Pennsylvania, Marcie McGoldrick’s elegant Footed Porcelain Bowl (pictured in maize) has a matte exterior finish and comes in a range of sophisticated hues; from $56.
The earthenware Medium Flat Bowl by KH Wurtz, a studio founded by father and son design team in Denmark, is available in six unique glazes that are made using old world Nordic methods. \$95 at Roman and Williams Guild.
Above: The earthenware Medium Flat Bowl by KH Wurtz, a studio founded by father and son design team in Denmark, is available in six unique glazes that are made using old world Nordic methods. $95 at Roman and Williams Guild.
Tracie Hervy’s Low Cylinder Centerpiece Vase (pictured in turquoise) flaunts clean lines, refined simplicity, and a modern sensibility; \$\1\20 at MARCH.
Above: Tracie Hervy’s Low Cylinder Centerpiece Vase (pictured in turquoise) flaunts clean lines, refined simplicity, and a modern sensibility; $120 at MARCH.

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