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Amaryllis Plant Care

By Stan DeFreitas ; Updated September 21, 2017

Amaryllis plants are beautiful plants to grow in your garden or home. Learn all about amaryllis plant care with gardening tips from a horticulturist in this free gardening video.


Hi, I'm Stan De Freitas, Mr. Green Thumb. One of the best bulbing plants for the southern part of the U.S. is that of the Amaryllis. In fact, it's probably good for all of America, but Amaryllis are one of those plants that's a bulbing type plant. When you plant the bulb, make sure about a third to a half the bulb is above the ground, even in the container. Now, I know a lot of bulbs you plant really deep. You may plant a Tulip bulb three or four inches deep, or Narcissus you may plant two or three inches deep. Amaryllis are going to be on the surface, and above the surface. After a few years, Amaryllis tend to kind of dig themselves into the ground deeper, so you need to dig it back up, anywhere between October and February, and you're going to reset the bulb. Of course that has a nice green strap leaf, and the Amaryllis flower itself is a nice indication that you're either into spring or early summer. Amaryllis make a nice addition to walkways. It makes a nice focal point in the landscape or garden. If you want to use a good plant that will flower for a pretty good long time, remember the Amaryllis. Give it a nice bulbing type fertilizer. You'll have good results. For On Gardening, I'm Stan De Freitas, Mr. Green Thumb.


About the Author


Stan DeFreitas, also known as "Mr. Green Thumb", has experience as an urban horticulturist working for the Pinellas County Extension Service and has taught horticulture at the St. Petersburg College. "Mr. Green Thumb" has spread gardening know-how on radio, TV and newspaper columns in both the Clearwater Sun and the Tampa Tribune. DeFreitas is the number one gardening advisor in the state of Florida, was the first to establish a "community garden" in Pinellas County, and helped start the first Master Garden Program in Pinellas County. DeFreitas was also twice Jaycees Horticulture "Man of the Year", was awarded the landscape design award from the city of St. Petersburg Beach, and was the host of the highest rated garden show on local PBS.