Amaryllis flowers are large bulbs that produce dramatic bell-shaped or lily-like flowers. The most common use for amaryllis flowers is winter blossoms and color by forcing the bulb. Large red, pink and white blossoms will appear year after year for 75 years if proper care of the amaryllis is taken. After being forced to bloom, the amaryllis flower can be transplanted outside. It can be added as a perennial border or showcased as an individual specimen. An amaryllis will naturalize outside and bloom in the proper season. Wait to transplant until the foliage turns yellow and begins to droop.
Dig a hole in a partially sunny location that is two inches deeper then the bulb with a trowel or small shovel. The hole should be a couple inches wider than the bulb container.
Place two inches of sand in the bottom of the hole. Mix a handful of sand in the soil removed from the hole. This will help improve the drainage of the soil. If your soil cannot be improved, then create a raised bed. It may take 6 to 12 inches to create enough drainage for the amaryllis to grow well.
Place the bulb in the hole and keep the foliage standing up.
Fill in around the bulb with soil leaving the top barely covered with soil. Cut the foliage off the top of the bulb with a sharp knife.
Water the bulb thoroughly to settle the soil. Cover the bulb with one to two inches of sawdust. This layer of mulch will help conserve moisture and controls weeds around the amaryllis.