Amarilla flowers, also known as amaryllis, are one of the easiest flowers to grow. For some people, it is a tradition to send friends and family an amaryllis bulb pre-planted in a container during the holidays. The family member need only water the pot in order for the bulb to sprout. Amaryllis blooms are large, growing 6 inches in diameter, and range in color. They are best grown throughout the southern coast of the United States. However, they can be grown indoors in any region and are easily forced into bloom, even in the dead of winter.
Purchase amaryllis bulbs from your local garden center. Look for large bulbs with some roots attached at the bottom. Use a 6- to 7-inch pot if planting one bulb or a 10- to 12-inch pot if planting three or more bulbs together.
Place the bulbs under lukewarm water for 2 to 3 hours before planting.
Fill the container with potting soil and partially bury your bulb. Make sure the bulb is facing right side up by placing it root side down and positioning the pointed tip of the bulb upward. Cover the bulb with soil but the leave top third exposed.
Place the pot on a sunny windowsill where the temperature ranges from 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep the water lightly moist and never saturated or soaked. As the stem and leaves begin to emerge from the bulb, increase watering.
Apply a slow-release, balanced fertilizer as soon as the stem and leaves appear from the bulb. You should only need to fertilize once every 2 to 3 months.
Cut any dead blooms from the stem directly below the bud. Once the bloom has been removed, the stem will begin to droop. Cut the stem at the top of the bulb once drooping begins. Continue to water the pot until the stem has been removed.
Unearth the bare bulb and place it in a dry, plastic bag. Store the bulb in a dark area of your refrigerator for at least 6 weeks before attempting to plant again. Do not store the bulb near apples as this may sterilize the bulb.