How to Store Amaryllis


Amaryllis plants in full bloom, or near blooming, are popular gifts for birthdays, Mother's Day or other special occasions. Amaryllis blooms range in color from white to bi-color, with red blooms being the most popular. The flowers bloom on 1- to 2-foot stalks with flowers 6 to 10 inches. With proper care, an amaryllis plant will continue to bloom year after year.

Step 1

Cut the flower stem from the plant after the flower has withered and turned yellow.

Step 2

Cut the flowers from the plant after the leaves have turned brown. Cut the plant 3 to 4 inches above the bulb itself.

Step 3

Place the bulb in a cool dry place, such as a garage or basement for three months. Store bulbs planted in containers without removing the bulb, if you wish.

Step 4

Allow the bulb to rest for three months.

Step 5

Plant the bulb in a container filled with potting soil after the rest period and place it in a warm, sunny window. Move bulbs stored in containers to a warm, sunny window.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors


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