Discover How To Grow Beautiful Amaryllis Bulbs Naturally

From amaryllis bulb to blooming amaryllis flower...growing amaryllis naturally has never been easier.

The amaryllis is a large, tender flowering bulb native to the Andes Mountains of Chile and Peru. It is generally planted in the fall for winter bloom and can be particularly refreshing during the holidays. The large flowers and ease with which they can be brought into bloom make amaryllis popular worldwide. Bulbs can be brought into bloom from late fall until early spring, blooming about 6-8 weeks after planting.

How To Plant Amaryllis Bulbs

Amaryllis bulbs are usually purchased dormant and leafless and planted in a light, well-drained medium containing some peat moss. Good drainage is essential and can be enhanced by a half-inch layer of gravel in the bottom of the pot. About one-third of the bulb should project above the soil. The bulb should have about an inch of soil all around it, which should be lightly tamped and watered thoroughly.

Amaryllis Care

After planting, place the amaryllis in a warm, sunny room (68-70 F). Water sparingly until the first shoots appear, then water whenever the soil begins to dry out. Use 2 tbsp. per gallon All Natural Liquid Organic Fertilizer 4-3-3 once per month while shoots are growing. Rotate the plant every few days so it doesn’t lean too much toward the light. After the plant begins to flower, withhold fertilizer until flowering is complete. Flowering will be prolonged if the plant is moved to a cooler area out of direct sunlight. If your amaryllis appears to be flowering too soon for your liking, move it to a cooler area for a few days.

Here is a picture of an amaryllis flower.

Aftercare - Keep Your Amaryllis Coming Back

Your amaryllis can be brought into bloom year after year with just a little routine maintenance. When the blossoms have shriveled up, cut them off the top of the stem. When the stem starts to wilt, cut most of it off and bring the plant back to the sunny area. It should now be watered regularly and fertilized once a month with 2-oz/gal All Natural Liquid Organic Fertilizer 4-3-3 and 4-oz/gal Liquid Bonemeal 0-12-0 . This will rejuvenate the bulb. In spring, after danger of frost, the amaryllis can be taken outside to a semi-shaded spot. Continue to water and fertilize it all summer. Bring it inside when the leaves begin to die back again in early fall. Cut the leaves back to about 2 inches and put the plant in a cool, dark place for at least 6 weeks. Bring it back to the windowsill about 8 weeks before you want it to bloom. Begin regular watering and you should receive a spectacular, long-lasting display for your effort.

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