Planting Instructions for Amaryllis Bulbs

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Amaryllis flowers are easy to grow. Amaryllis should be planted late in the fall and will bloom 4 to 6 weeks after it has been planted. Each bulb will typically produce two stalks with four flowers. Amaryllis colors range from red, pink and salmon to orange, and can be encouraged to flower more than once per season. Amaryllis plants thrive best in lots of sunlight and warm temperatures. When the plant begins to die in the fall, the bulb should be cleaned and stored in a cool dry place for at least 6 weeks to rebuild.

Planting Amaryllis

Step 1

Mix your potting soil with water until the soil is moist but not soaking wet. Fill your pot half full with the potting soil and place the bulb on top. Pack the soil firmly. Fill the other half of the pot with potting soil. Leave approximately one-half to one-third of the bulb above the soil. Pat down the potting soil so that it is firm around the bulb.

Step 2

Water the plant with just a little water until you begin seeing new growth. You may encourage growth by placing your plant on a slightly warm surface, such as the top of the refrigerator. Once the plant begins to grow quickly and you see new leaves, slightly increase the amount of water that you give your plant. Keep the soil damp but well drained so that it does not rot the bulb.

Step 3

Place your plant in a bright sunny place after the bulb begins to sprout. The temperature should remain at least 60 degrees. Ideal temperature for your amaryllis is 70 to 80 degrees. Support the flower stalk with a flower stake to prevent the flowers from drooping to one side. Turn your flower often so that it does not begin to lean towards one side or another.

Step 4

Pinch off the flowers after they have bloomed and then cut the stalk to the bulb once the stalk has withered. This will encourage your amaryllis to bloom more than once in a season. After your flower has bloomed for the second time, do not cut back the green leaves. The green leaves of the amaryllis store food for the plant.

Step 5

Water and fertilize your plant through the summer months. When the outside temperature is warm you may move your plant out doors. You can also plant it in the ground in a sunny spot. The plant will last for approximately 5 to 6 months and the leaves will fully develop and continue to grow.

Step 6

After the leaves begin to yellow or turn black, dig up the bulbs and bring them inside. Cut the leaves all the way to the bulb. Clean the bulb and then store it in a cool place until winter. You can store your bulbs in the crisper of your fridge for a minimum of 6 weeks.. Replant your bulbs in potting soil approximately 8 weeks before you wish them to bloom.

Things You'll Need

  • Amaryllis bulbs
  • Potting soil
  • Flower pots with drainage holes
  • Water


  • White Flower Farm
  • Lincoln Nebraska Extension Office
Keywords: Growing Amaryllis, Amaryllis Bulbs, Planting bulbs

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