Double Red Amaryllis

IMG_7094 Growing Amaryllis

I haven’t had the best of luck with Amaryllis over the years. There was one pretty white and pink Amaryllis that flowered and survived for a few years as one of my houseplants. But I never really got the hang of putting it into dormancy and then inducing a new flush of flowers.

 

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I’ve purchased the dormant bulbs for my Grandmother, when she was still alive, and for my Mother. Theirs did well and bloomed beautifully. Grandma even sent a photo of her pretty flowers.

 

Last year I bought an Amaryllis bulb and potted it up. The photo on the box showed a beautiful pale pink flower, flawless and huge. I took it home and planted it. I watered and tended to it with care. The bud swelled up and it was kind of exciting, waiting for it to pop open. Alas, the bud blasted and I never got a bloom from it. I never knew what caused it.

 

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So it was with a bit of cynicism that I bought another bulb this fall and potted it up. “I’ll probably just kill it,”ย  I thought to myself. But I bought it anyway and figured what the heck. This year the bulb did just fine and the first blossom started to unfurl the day before yesterday!

 

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It was just in time to wish me a Happy Valentine’s! It looks like the first flower stalk has 4 flower buds and the second stalk has 5. ๐Ÿ™‚ I spent a bit more on this bulb and I’m glad I did.

About Amaryllis:

  • Scientific name Amaryllis belladonna
  • Native to South America and Africa
  • Store dormant bulbs between 40 and 50 degrees F in a dry place.
  • Soak the bulb for about an hour before planting.
  • Plant with 1/3 of the bulb above the soil line.
  • Keep in direct sun at temps between 68 and 80 degrees F.
  • Do not allow the soil to remain constantly wet. Water when top 1″ of soil is dry.
  • It takes approximately 7 to 10 weeks for Amaryllis to bloom from the time the bulb is planted.
  • Flower stalks may need to be staked to prevent flopping.
  • Rotate plant 1/4 turn every day because they will grow toward the sunlight.
  • Water more once plant begins to flower.

Last fall I re-potted the pale pink Amaryllis and put it through a forced dormancy for a few weeks. Then I started watering it again and now it has a small flower stalk with a bud!

Have you ever grown Amaryllis? Have you tried to bring an old plant back into bloom?

Lisa Lombardo
Hi! Iโ€™m Lisa Lynnโ€ฆmodern homesteader and creator of The Self Sufficient HomeAcre. Follow my adventures in self reliance, preparedness, homesteading, and getting back to the basics.

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