Amaryllis - Merry Christmas

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Nothing signals the onset of the holiday season than the appearance of Amaryllis bulbs. Amaryllis are one of the easiest, if not THE easiest, bulbs to grow! The bulb itself contains everything it needs to grow and produce blooms that will brighten your indoor spaces. Amaryllis can be grown with or without soil. Amaryllis blooms are available in a wide range of shapes, sizes and colors. Their beautiful blooms are a sight to behold during the dreary winter months.

About this Variety

If you want your Amaryllis to bloom in time for the holidays, it's best to use this African grown variety Merry Christmas, they are grown in the southern hemisphere and take less time to bloom once potted (4-6 weeks).

Highlights

  • Force indoors
  • Excellent for cut flowers
  • Easy to grow for indoor decorating
  • Grow with or without soil
  • Perfect holiday gift

Exposure:

Indirect Light

Blooms:

Indoors in Winter; 6-8 weeks after planting

Height:

Grows 18-24" tall

Spacing/Depth:

Spaced evenly in container; 2-3" apart, 2-3" deep with top 'point' of bulb exposed above soil line

USDA Zones:

Indoor forcing; Grow outdoors as Perennial in zones 7B-11.

Growing Instructions

To grow in soil, peatmoss or vermiculite, plant bulbs near the soil surface so their noses, or points, are visible. After planting, water well then drain water out to just below the bottom of the bulbs. To grow without soil, fill container with pebbles or decorative stones with a minimum height of 2" or to a maximum height of 1" below the top of the container. Place the bulbs on top of the pebbles; a few small pebbles may also be placed between bulbs for support. Add water to the container until it reaches just below the bottom of the bulbs. Place container in a warm location (70-75ºF) where the bulbs will receive indirect light. After the amaryllis have bloomed indoors, water and fertilize regularly. When leaves start turning yellow, water only as needed to keep the soil moist until the foliage dies. Maintain indoors. When all danger of frost has passed and when the ground outdoors is workable, bulbs can be planted outside to naturalize in USDA hardy zones 8-11. In non-hardy zones, dig up bulbs just before frost. Let dormant amaryllis remain dry through summer. Cut off dry, yellowed foliage just above the bulb. Repot every 2-3 years.

Care Tip

Amaryllis blooms will last longer if the plant is moved to a cooler place at night (45-55ºF).

 

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