Want to grow fragrant flowers in 2-3 weeks, try Amaryllis Lilly

Want to grow fragrant flowers in 2-3 weeks, try Amaryllis Lilly

If gardening is a new interest, you’ve chosen the right place to begin. Amaryllis deliver huge, brilliant flowers, in abundance and in lots of jazzy color combinations. Some are even fragrant.

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They are also - surprisingly - among the easiest plants to grow. The amaryllis offered here don’t need any special cooling or conditioning and will come back year after year with a bit of care. Let the fun begin!

Grow & Care

  • Choose your containers with an understanding that big amaryllis bulbs develop very large, heavy flowers. To keep bulbs that are in full flower from toppling over, select pots, tubs or urns that weight several pounds each when empty. Or add some weight in the form of rocks or sand to the bottom of the containers. Also, keep in mind that you’ll want to protect windowsills and other surfaces from draining water.

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  • Fill your containers with good quality, well-drained soil. Almost any commercially available potting medium will work fine. Make sure there are adequate drainage holes; the bulbs must never sit in waterlogged soil or they will rot.

  • Site the containers where they will receive bright light or partial sun. Cooler temperatures (55-65F) will prolong flower life so consider placing your pots in an area that’s a bit on the cool side.

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  • Plant your amaryllis singly in pots that are a bit snug, ones with diameters 1"-2" larger than that of the bulbs. For several amaryllis bulbs in the same container, plant close to each other with shoulders about an inch apart for the most brilliant display. Tuck them in so that the top inch of the bulb is above the soil surface. The top of the bulb is the part that looks a little like the stem area of an onion and the bottom has a flat plate, often with a few roots attached.

  • Water well, gently soaking the soil and settling it around the bulb. After the initial watering, wait to add more moisture until after you see stem and/or leaf growth to prevent overwatering. One of the most common problems that occur with indoor amaryllis is overwatering.

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  • Enjoy your colorful flowering pots. Most good quality amaryllis bulbs with produce more than one flower stem, each with 3-5 flowers. As your amaryllis grow rotate pots a quarter turn every day or two to keep stems upright and to counteract their tendency to lean towards the light.

  • When blooming is finished trim off the flower stems. See our page on post bloom care if you want to try to get your amaryllis to rebloom next year.

The blossoms are pretty unforgettable, too.

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Plant once & Harvest them year after year

  • Let your amaryllis sleep for ten to twelve weeks. Then, start the growing cycle over just as you did when your first planted the bulbs. Replace the soil with fresh mix, remove any dead leaves and old, peeling bulb sheaths (these look like the dried, outer skins on an onion) and replant, again with the bulb shoulders exposed.

  • Place your bulbs in bright light and give them one good drink of water. The combination of light and water will "e;wake up"e; the plants and encourage them to start growing again. When the first little leaves appear, and not before, begin watering regularly. (If you give a steady supply if water to a bulb with no foliage, the bulb will rot.)

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  • With good care most amaryllis bulbs will bloom seasonally for years. Some cultivars even develop offspring bulbs along side the mother bulbs and these youngsters eventually grow large enough to bloom, too.

Depend on amaryllis for beautiful fall and holiday flowers, winter through spring houseplants and summer garden enhancers. So don’t toss those old amaryllis bulbs.

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