Amaryllis: The Holiday Plant Gift that Keeps on Giving!

Amaryllis: The Holiday Plant Gift that Keeps on Giving!

These plants come in a plethora of color options, from solid red, white, pink, or green to striped with all sorts of patterns and petal formations. 
 

Amaryllis are easy-to-grow bulbs that not only make a good holiday gift, but can be utilized in the landscape to provide blooms for years to come. Amaryllis are hardy in zones 9-11, but can overwinter in zone 8 with some frost protection. 

These plants come in a plethora of color options, from solid red, white, pink, or green to striped with all sorts of patterns and petal formations. Everyone has their personal favorite, from the classic Red Lion to the unique Sumatra and Picotee. 


 Initial Potting & Care

When you first purchase your Amaryllis bulb, we recommend planting it in a snug container with a well-draining potting mix. If your container of choice does not have a drainage hole, plant the bulb in a plastic pot that fits inside of your decorative container. Plant the bulb so that the “neck” and the top inch of the bulb sits above the soil line. Once planted, water it in and wait for the flower to grow! Typically, Amaryllis will bloom within six weeks after being planted from a ready-to-bloom bulb. This time can vary greatly based on variety, amount of light exposure and the temperature. Water whenever the soil is dry to the touch. 

 
What to Do When Your Amaryllis is Done Blooming

Once your Amaryllis plant is done blooming, it may be planted outside in the ground. Plant the bulb in a semi-protected area, preferably an area that receives partial sun. Amaryllis planted in the shade may live, but the bulb will not collect enough energy needed to produce blooms. Amaryllis bulbs purchased in the Fall are forced to bloom for the holidays. Avoid cutting back the leaves of the plant until they die back in the winter. Once the bulbs have naturalized to our North Florida climate, they will bloom reliably in the Spring. Use Amaryllis as an accent plant to bring color to your foundation plantings.

 


Amaryllis ‘Monte Carlo’

This article was written by Kaelin Kane, Tallahassee Nurseries Garden Showplace Manager & FNGLA Florida Certified Horticulture Professional.

 



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