We are frequently asked: "What can I do to ensure my amaryllis are in bloom for the holidays?" Amaryllis are one of the easiest bulbs to grow (no green thumb required) and will bloom 6 to 10 weeks after planting. If you want to ensure blooms for the holidays, below are a few things you can do.
Plant Multiple Varieties
The time between planting and bloom varies for different Amaryllis varieties, so plant several varieties for a long season of bloom.
Stagger Planting Times
Starting in mid to late October, plant one Amaryllis Bulb every week for three or four weeks.That way, bulbs will be in different stages of growth and one or more will be in bloom for the holidays.
Modify the Growing Environment
Although it's best to grow Amaryllis at room temperature, you can vary the growth rate by modifying the temperature.Once the flower stalk is formed, you can slow its growth by placing the plant in a room that's a bit cooler (55 to 60F) or speed its growth with warmer temperatures (75 to 80 F). You will want to water sparingly, only about once per week.
Prolong the Life of Blooms
Once your Amaryllis is in full bloom, you can keep it looking its best by keeping it at cool room temperature and out of direct sunlight. If it's on display in a warm room, just put it in a cool (55 to 60F) place at night.