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.

What are your favorite Amaryllis varieties? Please share in the comments below or write on our Facebook wall. Happy Gardening!

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    Rilona Amaryllis warms the home with apricot-colored blooms that stretch a stunning seven inches in diameter. Soft petals sweep back to expose a contrasting dark throat. These elegant blooms stand atop long stems cherished for cutting. A heavy bloomer, Rilona Amaryllis produces two to three stems each bearing four to six flowers. (Hippeastrum hybrid ‘Rilona’)
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