HUGE blooms for winter blahs

Amaryllis are wonderful huge flowers to enjoy indoors during the winter.  They are SO easy to grow.  They really don’t need dirt (you can use peat) and they barely need any water.  How great is that! (I am not good with indoor plants, because I don’t water enough.  I am definitely an outdoor gardener!)

I have at least 2 blooming each month during the winter.  I hate the cold and I hate being stuck indoors.  Its a little piece of beautiful for me to look at each morning to bring a smile to my heart.

They also have turned out to be very appreciated gifts from me at Christmas too!  My mother-in-law has a collection of them now; that she keeps setting out on her kitchen island each year.  My grandma always calls when her Amaryllis re-blooms to tell me how beautiful it is.  🙂

Begun early enough, amaryllises can be planted to flower for Christmas or just give them the bulb to bloom in February (still cold and wintery!)  It usually takes 6-8 weeks for them to bloom.

Your amaryllis bulbs will bloom again and again, provided they are properly cared for. After the bulb finishes blooming, cut off the flower stalk close to the base. Keep the plant a little moist and add house plant fertilizer (or not).   Stop watering in August, and allow the plant to dry out completely in the sun. In early fall, remove and clean the bulbs of old scales and dead foliage. Roots should be fleshy and not damaged.  You can re-pot when you are ready to restart the process.

I hope you find joy in having these in your home and maybe from giving them to others as well!

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2 Responses to HUGE blooms for winter blahs

  1. *JRajonHart says:

    I am SO glad that I read this post. My amarylis keeps beautiful green leaves year round but hasnt bloomed since the first year. Thank you for telling me what to do to get a rebloom. I am so excited to get started! I will let you know how my plant blooms. Thanks again.

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