Amaryllis: How to Get Holiday Blooms

by Amanda

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 12 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 likely 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.

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  1. Red Pearl Amaryllis Bulb, Hippeastrum, Amaryllis

    'Red Pearl' Amaryllis' deep, velvety-maroon blooms create a dramatic statement on their own or when planted alongside a pure white variety. A closer look reveals delicate striping on...

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    Red Pearl Amaryllis Bulb Amaryllis Red Pearl Hippeastrum Red Pearl
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    'Red Pearl' Amaryllis' deep, velvety-maroon blooms create a dramatic statement on their own or when planted alongside a pure white variety. A closer look reveals delicate striping on each petal, in shades of wine, berry, and mahogany. Extremely easy to grow, this amaryllis will flower in 6 - 12 weeks. (Hippeastrum)
  2. Red Cherry Nymph Amaryllis Bulb, Hippeastrum, Amaryllis

    'Cherry Nymph' Amaryllis brings an almost rose-like shape to the world of double flowering amaryllis! Rich, red petals pile high atop rugged, leaf-green stalks. Easy to grow indoors ...

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    Cherry Nymph Amaryllis Bulb Amaryllis Cherry Nymph Hippeastrum Cherry Nymph
    $25.32 Sale $18.99
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    'Cherry Nymph' Amaryllis brings an almost rose-like shape to the world of double flowering amaryllis! Rich, red petals pile high atop rugged, leaf-green stalks. Easy to grow indoors or out, these amaryllis make thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list. (Hippeastrum)
  3. Red Lion Amaryllis Bulb, Hippeastrum, Amaryllis in Container

    A classic variety, 'Red Lion' Amaryllis' bright red blooms add color and cheer indoors when many gardeners need it most. Our jumbo-sized bulb produces at least two stalks, each bloom...

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    Red Lion Amaryllis Bulb Amaryllis Red Lion Hippeastrum Red Lion
    $19.99 Sale $14.99
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    A classic variety, 'Red Lion' Amaryllis' bright red blooms add color and cheer indoors when many gardeners need it most. Our jumbo-sized bulb produces at least two stalks, each blooming several times. A favorite on its own or paired with a pure white variety, 'Red Lion' has been one of our best-selling Amaryllis varieties for many years. (Hippeastrum)
  4. Red Peacock Amaryllis Bulb, Hippeastrum

    'Red Peacock' is a deep red, double-flowering Amaryllis with an exquisite white centerline neatly placed on each petal. A true wintertime favorite, this red double features full, rou...

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    Red Peacock Amaryllis Bulb Amaryllis Red Peacock Hippeastrum Red Peacock
    $23.99 Sale $17.99
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    'Red Peacock' is a deep red, double-flowering Amaryllis with an exquisite white centerline neatly placed on each petal. A true wintertime favorite, this red double features full, rounded blooms and upright grass green foliage. Expect multiple blooms on multiple stalks from this jumbo-sized amaryllis bulb. (Hippeastrum)
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