Amaryllis : Planting Tips

Every year I’m super busy decorating my home, baking cookies, making Christmas cards and getting together with family and friends that I totally forget to plant my holiday bulbs.  I’m lucky if I remember to drop those cute little paper white bulbs I pick up at the local independent garden center into a container after a networking visit.   And every year late January rolls around and I’m excited that I was behind in December with my Amaryllis planting habits.

Quick Video Sharing My Tips on Planting the Amaryllis

Be sure to leave the bulb at least 1/3 of the way out of the container.

Dry, firm and no signs of mold is what you should look for in a bulb.

I love the BULB .. they look like a piece of art to me!

Why not give one as a gift this Christmas season?

I’m looking forward to sharing my blooming Amaryllis with you in January / February on my favorite social networking sights.

Be sure your soil is not packed and has good drainage.

  • Be sure to plant the bulbs in lose soil.
  • No need to buy fancy soils : I use 1/2 compost and 1/2 peat moss mix.
  • Be careful not to over water the plants.
  • Bulb should be at least 1/3 out of container
  • Allow room for the roots to grow but the container doesn’t have to be big!

Let me know what you think about the Amaryllis.  Have you planted one for your home or do you give them as gifts?

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5 thoughts on “Amaryllis : Planting Tips

  1. great video share Bulbs are so easy to grow and add such beauty to the home and garden. It’s always best to really check the bulbs for firmness, make sure that they don’t have soft spots, dings, dents or fork holes that can cause water to collect and increase the chances of mold, fungus or rot setting in before they bloom…

  2. I wish I had read this months ago. My amaryllis has sprouted two long leaves, but that’s been it. I don’t think I left it sticking out of the soil enough, perhaps? I wonder how long I should give it until I consider it a loss? Thanks Bren!

    1. I had this happen to one of my amaryllis plants as well Mallory. It w as in the summer this year had planted them in containers with too much soil. They may need a resting period. I cut mine back ( cut the leaves all the way back) and removed the soil. Placed it in a paper bag for 2 months in a dry location in the shed. I’ve now planted it as shown in this blog post and it is sprouting up!