How To Plant an Indoor Amaryllis
Amaryllis is a great way to brighten up your space for the holiday season. Follow our video and steps below to plant your amaryllis to have gorgeous blooms for the winter season!
YOU WILL NEED:
- 1 Amaryllis kit which includes the amaryllis bulb, gravel and moss, curly willow and jay branches and a container
- Potting soil
- Decorative pieces to add such as pinecones, pieces of berry picks
- Start by adding soil to the bottom of your container, just enough to cover the bottom, about 1-2cm thick
- Add both amaryllis bulbs
- Fill around the bulbs with more soil until the bulbs are about halfway covered
- Take the jay branches and curly willow from the kit and tuck them around the perimeter of the container, sitting on top of the soil
- Break the moss from the kit into small sections and place around the bulbs
- Time to dress it up! You can use really anything here but our example uses pinecones and broken up pieces of berry picks to add some colour. Place these around the bulb and moss to fill the space
- Voila! Now in about 8-10 weeks, you will have some beautiful colourful blooms for your windowsill!
After the amaryllis has stopped flowering, it can be made to flower again. Cut the old flowers from the stem after flowering, and when the stem starts to sag, cut it back to the top of the bulb.
Continue to water and fertilize as normal all summer, or for at least 5-6 months, allowing the leaves to fully develop and grow. When the leaves begin to yellow, which normally occurs in the early fall, cut the leaves back to about 2 inches from the top of the bulb and remove the bulb from the soil.
Clean the bulb and place it in a cool (40-50 deg. F), dark place such as the crisper of your refrigerator for a minimum of 6 weeks. Caution: Do not store amaryllis bulbs in a refrigerator that contains apples, this will sterilize the bulbs. Store the bulbs for a minimum of 6 weeks.
Plant again after 6 weeks - you may remove bulbs whenever you would like to plant them. Plant bulbs 8 weeks before you would like them to bloom.