With its piles of dirty snow and leafless trees, the aesthetics of winter leave a lot to be desired. However, if you plant an amaryllis bulb, you can have a little bit of springtime growing right on your windowsill!
An amaryllis is a flowering plant that grows out of a bulb. Each bulb grows two rows of star-shaped, green leaves, and one or two stems with between 2-12 red, funnel-shaped flowers.
Since they typically bloom in January, planting amaryllises is a great way to spruce up your home during the chilly months and begin the year with a cheerful heart. Plus, if you follow our steps for taking care of your bulb, you will be able to recycle the same plant year after year and enjoy its blooms each winter.
How to Grow an Amaryllis
When you’re ready to get started with growing your amaryllis, you just need to keep the following things in mind:
- Make sure you find a sunny, warm, indoor home for your plant.
- Water your amaryllis on a regular basis. The soil should remain moist.
- Turn the pot occasionally, to ensure that the stem stays straight, rather than falling over as it grows.
- Look for a bloom after 6-8 weeks.
Caring for Your Amaryllis After It Blooms
Once your plant blooms, there are a few steps you need to keep in mind in order to care for it and keep it blooming for years to come.
- After the flower buds have opened, withered, and bloomed, it’s time to trim the stem. Use a sharp knife to cut the stalk so it’s about 2 inches above the bulb. Make sure you keep the leaves attached. They will continue to grow and are needed to nourish your plant.
- After the last frost of the spring, move your amaryllis, still in the pot, to an outdoor location where it will be exposed to filtered sunlight.
- Water your flower regularly until September, when you will prune the leaves and bring the pot inside. In a cool dark place, like a closet or basement, your flower will go into a dormant period.
- Once December arrives, start watering your amaryllis so the soil is always moist. Move it to a sunny window and restart the process!