Amaryllis (details)

Amaryllis (details) - Garden Basics - Flower - Bulb

(Hippeastrum)

  • Botanical Name: Amaryllis
  • Planting Time: any time for indoor use. Plant on Nov 1 for holiday blooms.
  • Height: 1.5 to 2 feet tall
  • Exposure: A sunny window indoors or sun/part shade outdoors.
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained
  • Hardiness: warm, frost free areas
  • Bloom Time: 8 weeks after planting.
  • Uses: looks great anytime but typically used as a holiday houseplant.

Tip:

To force an amaryllis for holiday blooms, soak the lower half of the bulb overnight then pot in a loamy potting soil leaving the top half exposed. Place in a bright window and water sparingly. Feed with liquid fertilizer while actively growing. After flowering, continue watering until the leaves start to yellow. At this point reduce water, and once the leaves die altogether stop watering. Anytime after 12 weeks you can start watering again to bring the plant out of it's dormant state.

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