How to Pollinate Amaryllis


In order for flowers to reproduce and create new seeds, they must undergo pollination. Bees, wind, butterflies and even birds carry pollen from one flower to another in nature. Gardeners can experiment with mixing different amaryllis flower colors by artificially pollinating plants. Amaryllis is a popular plant to enter in gardening shows and local fairs. Pollinating prize-winning plants is a method to establish a larger collection of amaryllis in the future. The process to pollinate amaryllis is rather simple and even novice gardeners can succeed. According to the Georgia Agriculture Department, it takes an amaryllis around 3 years to reach maturity and yield flower blooms.

Cotton Swab or Artist Brush Method

Step 1

Wait for the stamen to produce pollen. The stamen will be covered with light yellow and light brown particles that look like dust. This substance is the pollen to use when you pollinate the amaryllis.

Step 2

Wait for the pistil to completely open. The pistil rests near the stamen. It has three sections that look like elongated fingers. These will open and spread outward to expose the center opening.

Step 3

Place the cotton swab or artist brush onto the stamen. Rub the stamen and twirl the cotton swab in a circular motion to collect the pollen. The cotton swab will now have the pollen on it.

Step 4

Shake the cotton swab or artist brush over the center of the pistil to pollinate the amaryllis.

Step 5

Wait for a green seed pod to form. Provide the plant with the usual care. When the seed pod turns yellow or opens, remove the black seeds from the plant for later use.

Clip Method

Step 1

Wait for the stamen to be completely covered in pollen. Look for a dust-like substance that is yellow to brown in color.

Step 2

Wait for the pistil near the stamen to unfold and completely open up.

Step 3

Hold the pruning shears at a 45-degree angle, 2 inches below the bottom of the stamen. Hold the stem just above the pruning shears. Squeeze the pruning shears to clip the stem.

Step 4

Hold the stamen over the pistil. Shake the stamen to pollinate the amaryllis.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never remove the seed pods until they have completely matured.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton swab or artist paint brush
  • Amaryllis plants
  • Pruning shears


  • Georgia Department of Agriculture: Amaryllis Easy to Grow, Even from Seed
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Lisha Smith writes for several blogs and has freelanced for six years. She has a Bachelor of Arts from UNC-Greensboro in psychology. Smith has self-published several books. Her areas of experience include gardening, cooking, home improvement, pets and mental health.