Amaryllis are foolproof tropical bulbs that are potted up and brought into bloom indoors during winter. They come in a variety of colors including white, pink, red and bi-color stripes. They produce a group of flowers at the top of a single stem. The flowers are large and showy--some can be as large as dinner plates. With proper care an amaryllis can re-bloom year after year.
Water your potted amaryllis bulb when you get it home. Thereafter, water only when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch. Do not over water amaryllis.
Put the amaryllis is a sunny position such as a south-facing window or in a sun room.
Fertilize every other week with a water soluble fertilizer mixed according to the manufacturer's recommended rate of application.
Provide support for the flower stalk. Insert a 24-inch high bamboo stake or an amaryllis support trellis into the potting soil to keep the pot from toppling over when the flower blooms.
Cut off the flowers when they fade. Make the cut at the top of stalk, just below the flower head.
Cut off the stem just above the nose of the bulb when it turns yellow.
Water and fertilize normally. Leave your amaryllis in a sunny position until the leaves begin to turn yellow, then cut them back about 2 inches from the bulb nose.
Remove the bulb from the pot and store it in a cool, dark spot for a rest period of at least 6 to 8 weeks.
Re-pot your amaryllis bulb 8 to 12 weeks before you want the flowers to bloom. Use regular indoor potting soil and a 6-inch pot with a drainage hole in the bottom. Cover the drainage hole with a stone and position the bulb so that 1/3 of it is above the top of the pot.