Plant Multiple Varieties
Most amaryllis will bloom 6 to 12 weeks after planting, but the time varies for different amaryllis varieties. Plant several varieties for a long season of bloom!
While you're waiting to plant, store your amaryllis bulbs in a cool (40-50°F), dry, dark place. (Not the refrigerator; it's too cold.) Don't worry if the bulbs begin to sprout a little; just take care not to damage the emerging shoots.
Plant Bulbs In Succession
Plant Amaryllis bulbs every week or two, for one to two months. That way, bulbs will be in different stages of growth for non-stop blooms that brighten your home all winter season.
Slow Or Speed Up Growth
While it's best to grow amaryllis at room temperature, you can vary the growth rate by modifying the temperature slightly. 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 60°F) or speed its growth with warmer temperatures (75° to 80° F).
Prolong The Life Of Blooms
Once your Amaryllis is in full bloom, 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 place (55° to 60°F) at night. Remove spent blooms after they fade. Watch for additional flower shoots, which sometimes appear as the first flowers fade.
Tip: Amaryllis make thoughtful gifts! Consider potting up some Amaryllis Growing Kits so they're near bloom, or blooming, in time for holiday gift-giving.