Amaryllis Flower and Bulb Care

 How to Grow and Care for Amaryllis Bulbs




amaryllis buds emerge
A double-spiked amaryllis bulb Note that there are no leaves yet! See this plant in bloom









 Amaryllis in bloom

This is the Amaryllis shown on the right in ful bloom! The spidery flowers are typical of cybister hybrids, though not as extreme as some of the more spidery-looking flowers.



Stage 1(Spring): Amaryllis Bulb starts growth
and flowers appear!

LIGHT: Bright indirect light is best, as the bulb is just beginning its growth cycle

TEMPERATURES: Temperatures of around 65° are perfect and will result in longer-lasting blooms.

WATER: Freshly potted bulbs, or those that are just emerging from their rest period, after dormancy, must be watered sparingly. Why? Because at this stage of growth the bulb has very few active roots. If you water the plant too heavily, chances are that the bulb will rot. Keeping the potting mix barely moist, encourages new roots to grow down into the mix. Don't worry, the bulb has adequate stores of water and nutrients for the emerging buds. If your plant has not been dormant over the winter months, you should be able to water it more, as it will already have an established root system.

At this stage flower buds emerge and are getting ready to bloom!
Do not move your plant about too much as the buds open. They will naturally open up beautifully arrayed on a stem.

Find out more about blooming your amaryllis bulb 

amaryllis buds about to open

LEFT: As buds get ready to open they tilt downwards, as can be seen with the bulb at the lower right. Buds open one at a time, until
all four flowers are open togetherfor a brief period. Most bulbs produce 4 flowers per stem, but larger plants can produce5-6 on occasion though usually only about 4 blooms are open at the same time.