How to Care for Amaryllis

Amaryllis blooms in early spring. image by galif548/Flickr.com

Overview

Amaryllis, also known as belladonna lily, is a genus of bulbous flowering plants that can grow to three feet in height. They produce flowers that can be red, pink, white, or a combination of any two of these. Amaryllis blooms between the months of April and June, and is hardy enough to survive winter in most temperate climates.

Step 1

Plant amaryllis during the early spring in a location that receives full sunlight during the morning and partial shade during the afternoon. Dig a small hole about the same size as the amaryllis bulb, and pour bonemeal into the hole, following the instructions on the package for proper dosage.

Step 2

Place the amaryllis bulb directly into the hole with the pointed tip facing up. Refill the hole with soil, leaving about one inch of the bulb exposed above soil level. Water once every two to three weeks or until noticeable growth occurs.

Step 3

Water amaryllis once weekly during the growing season, ensuring the ground around the plant is thoroughly soaked to a depth of three inches. Reduce watering to once every two weeks during winter dormancy.

Step 4

Apply bonemeal to amaryllis plants twice yearly--once immediately after blooming and again in July. Follow the manufacturer's directions for proper use. Fertilize amaryllis twice a week in spring and summer using a balanced 10-10-10 NPK fertilizer. Cease feeding when the foliage of the plant begins to yellow in early fall.

Step 5

Remove any faded or dead flowers from the plant by pinching them off as close to the stem as possible. This will stop amaryllis from producing seed and conserve nutrients for further growth and root development.

Things You'll Need

  • Bonemeal
  • Fertilizer

References

  • Growing and Caring for Amaryllis
  • Amaryllis: Tropical Treasures
  • Book: Arizona Gardener's Guide; Mary Irish; 2001
Keywords: amaryllis, amaryllis bulbs, amaryllis plants

About this Author

Willow Sidhe is a freelance writer living in the beautiful Hot Springs, AR. She is a certified aromatherapist with a background in herbalism. She has extensive experience gardening, with a specialty in indoor plants and herbs. Sidhe's work has been published on numerous Web sites, including Gardenguides.com.

Photo by: galif548/Flickr.com