How to Germinate Amaryllis Seeds


Amaryllis plants are known for producing large, colorful flowers that bloom indoors and outdoors alike. They are increasingly popular holiday gifts and often adorn office buildings. Amaryllis seeds do not always produce plants similar to the parent plant and can create surprising color combinations. Gather amaryllis seeds just after they emerge and allow to dry in the sun for several days. Once dry, amaryllis seeds can be germinated immediately.

Step 1

Fill a shallow container with 1 to 2 inches of potting soil or perlite. A container with a lid will make it easy to ventilate the seeds as moisture increases.

Step 2

Drag a pencil through the soil to create a trench 1/2 inch deep.

Step 3

Place each viable amaryllis seed 1/2 inch apart in the trench and cover with soil. Viable seeds have a hard bump on one end and it is essential that this bump is fully covered by the soil mix during germination.

Step 4

Use a spray bottle to fully mist the soil and seeds with clean water. Over the period of germination, mist soil regularly to prevent seeds from drying out.

Step 5

Cover the container with a lid and place in a warm area with partial sunlight. Seedlings should emerge within the first four weeks and can be transplanted once several roots have grown.

Tips and Warnings

  • No fertilization is necessary during germination.

Things You'll Need

  • Shallow tray with lid
  • Potting soil or perlite
  • Spray bottle
  • Water


  • Germinating Amaryllis Seeds
  • University of Nebraska: Guide to Growing Amaryllis
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Kelsey Erin Shipman has worked as a travel writer, poet, journalist and award-winning photographer since 2004. Her work has appeared in various newspapers, magazines and journals. Shipman has also authored three collections of poetry: "Cold Days," "Bastante" and "Short Poems." She earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Southwestern University.