Winter Gems: Amaryllis
How to grow
We currently carry 10 varieties of blooming amaryllis bulbs (while supplies last). The flowers differ in size and you can tell how large the bloom will be by the size of the bulb. The bigger the bulb, the larger the bloom. They also vary in color and there are single and double blooming plants!
Winter can be a hard time for gardeners, but that is the great thing about amaryllis! They are exquisitely beautiful and are easy to grow indoors. The bulbs can take 7-10 weeks to bloom. When selecting a bulb to plant, choose firm bulbs with no soft divots. Before planting your bulb, let the base and roots soak in lukewarm water for a few hours. Next, plant the bulb in a container that is about 3 inches wider than the bulb itself and be careful to not damage the roots. When you plant it, make sure the top half of the bulb is above the soil. After it’s planted, water the bulb once and then do not water it again until you observe growth or the soil is totally dried out. After that, water very frugally and place it in warm, direct light. The plant will require more frequent watering once the bud and leaves begin to thrive. It will also need to be moved into a cool room with bright, indirect light. Skip fertilizing the plant while it is blooming and keep the soil evenly damp. Depending on the size of your plant and bloom, it may require some sort of stakes for support.
Once your plant is done blooming, cut the old flowers from the stem and let the stem begin to sag. Once it begins to droop, cut it back to the top of the bulb. In order to get your Amaryllis to bloom again the next season, water and fertilize the leaves through the year. Next fall, cut the leaves back to 2 inches above the top of the bulb and take the bulb out of the soil and pot. Store the bulb in a cool, dark place for a minimum of 6 weeks. Then, when the holiday season rolls back around, you can start the process all over again! Below you will see the varieties we carry (while supplies last).
Jewel: Very fragrant
Red Dragon: Brilliant Double Red Flowers
Pink Pizzazz: Rich pink flowers
Scarlet Baby: Prolific bloomer
Samba: Large, semi-double blooms
Mont Blanc: White traditional favorite