How To Grow Amaryllis Indoors

November 30, 2023

Amaryllis blooming indoors

Amaryllis, known for their large indoor blooms in winter, are easy to regrow annually. To plant, use a 6-7” pot for individual bulbs or a large container like a punch bowl for 3-5 bulbs. Moisten potting soil with warm water until it's damp but not wet. Fill the pot halfway, place the bulb with spread-out roots, and add more soil, leaving half to a third of the bulb exposed. Lightly firm the soil and water slightly.

Amaryllis bulbsFor blooming, place the pot in a bright, warm area (70-80°F). Water only when the top inch of soil is dry to prevent rot, especially before the stem reaches 3-4 inches. Be patient as growth can take weeks.

Amaryllis bulb kitOnce the stem appears, ensure ample bright light. Rotate the pot to prevent leaning towards the light. After blooming starts, move the plant out of direct sunlight to extend flower life. Trim fading blooms close to the stalk to encourage more flowers. Cut off spent stems 2 inches above the bulb but keep the leaves.

Large amaryllis bulbsTo rebloom next year, keep the amaryllis in a sunny window, water when the top soil is dry, and fertilize monthly. In May, move it outdoors for the summer to grow large, strong leaves, fostering a bigger bulb for more flowers. After the first frost in fall, trim all leaves above the bulb, store the pot in a cool (50-60°F), dark place for 8-10 weeks without watering. This dormancy is vital for bud development. Afterwards, restart the growing process. Amaryllis thrive best when pot-bound, so repotting annually isn't necessary.blooming amaryllis

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