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How to Grow Amaryllis from Seed

By Frank Whittemore ; Updated September 21, 2017

Amaryllis plants display large, colorful, trumpet-shaped flowers on long, slender stems framed by glossy green leaves. Flower colors can range from pure white to yellows, oranges, pinks or reds and are often multicolored with a variety of patterns. While Amaryllis are usually propagated by separating new bulbs from older plants, they can also be grown from seed. Amaryllis seeds collected from pods or purchased online or from seed catalogs can be germinated relatively easily.

Feel each amaryllis seed for a bump in the middle. This indicates the seed is most likely viable.

Float the amaryllis seeds in a bowl of water and put the bowl in a warm, sunny place. Watch for the seeds to sprout in the water in about 4 weeks.

Prepare a mixture of equal amounts of potting soil and coarse sand. Fill planting flats with the soil mixture and water to moisten the soil.

Plant one of the sprouted seeds, carefully, in each cell in the flat. Ensure that the bump in the seed and any roots beginning to form are covered lightly with soil and any green shoot is above the soil level. Water the seeds lightly. Place the flat in a warm, bright area. Water occasionally to keep the soil moist, but not wet

As the seedlings mature, transplant them to 1-gallon containers to grow out. Continue to water the amaryllis plants, lightly.

Plant outdoors in spring or summer, or grow indoors as a house plant at any time.


Things You Will Need

  • Planting flats
  • Potting soil
  • Coarse sand
  • Small bowl

About the Author


In Jacksonville, Fla., Frank Whittemore is a content strategist with over a decade of experience as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy and a licensed paramedic. He has over 15 years experience writing for several Fortune 500 companies. Whittemore writes on topics in medicine, nature, science, technology, the arts, cuisine, travel and sports.