How to Grow Amaryllis for Christmas

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Nothing says Christmas like the amazing trumpet flowers of an amaryllis bulb. Amaryllis are tropical plants that are quickly grown inside.

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Use the correct-size container

Amaryllis bulbs are large, however they like to grow in tight quarters. Plant your bulb in a pot that is not more than 1 inch wider than your bulb. You can go as little as 1/2 an inch wider than your bulb, however any smaller sized is not recommended. The bulb should not touch the sides of the container. Amaryllis bulbs planted in big pots will not flower. Don’t bury your bulb entirely. Leave 1/3 of the bulb above the soil. You can utilize regular potting soil.

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Stake your flower stalk

You need to use a stake such as a bamboo stake to keep your flower stalk from tipping over from the weight of the flowers. It’s finest to position your stake before you totally fill the pot with soil so that you don’t damage the bulb later.

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Water sparingly

When you water your bulb, ensure that you are just watering the soil. Do not put water directly on the bulb. This could trigger it to rot. Amaryllis prefer dry conditions since they are originally from South Africa which is extremely dry. Water moderately and avoid drenching the soil. That might likewise rot your bulb.

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Flowers

Initially, you need to put your bulb in a cool area with indirect light. Keep the soil moist, not wet. After a few weeks, you will see a stalk emerging from the bulb. This is your hint to move your bulb to a warm, sunny area. Leaves and a flower stalk will grow. The stalk grows towards the sunshine so be sure to give your pot a quarter turn every 2 to 3 days to keep the stalk from leaning to one side.

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Recharge your bulb after flowering

Similar to your outdoor spring bulbs, once your amaryllis flowers die, its bulb will require to restore its nutrient supply through its foliage. Leave the bulb in a warm window and continue to water moderately. You should feed it once a month with a liquid fertilizer to help it along. When all threat of frost has passed, you can bring the pot outside or even plant it in the ground.

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Force your bulb to flower at Christmas

Usually, after growing all summertime amaryllis go into a period of dormancy and flower again in late winter. If you desire your amaryllis to flower for Christmas you will need to require it to enter into inactivity previously.

Start withholding fertilizer in August. Then when you bring your plants inside your home in September or October, put the pot in a cool, area with indirect sunshine. To ensure blossoms at Christmas or any particular date, count backwards from that date about 10 to 12 weeks and stop watering at that time.

The leaves will dry up and fall off suggesting that your plant has actually entered an inactive state. It sounds terrible, but dormancy is required for the lifecycle of amaryllis bulbs. When a new flower stalk appears, you can move the bulb to a warm, bright window and start watering it again turning the pot 1/4 turn every 2 to 3 days to avoid the stalk from growing towards the sun.

Propagating your amaryllis

You will see little bulblets growing around the base of your bulb. These are brand-new bulbs forming. You can remove them from your bulb, pot them up and permit them to grow. Within 2 to 3 years, they will be large adequate to bloom.

Growing amaryllis indoors is easier than you might think. With a little care (and a little cruelty), you can enjoy their magnificent trumpet flowers year after year.

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