Plant a Dramatic Amaryllis

Hippeastrum (commonly known as amaryllis) provide the biggest, boldest flowers of winter, and can even be bought preforced so that they bloom in time for the holidays.

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Amaryllis Provides Boldest Flowers of WinterEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

When to Plant: Autumn
At Its Best: Winter
Time to Complete: A few hours during the year

Materials Needed:

  • 1 Hippeastrum bulb
  • basin
  • multi-purpose soil
  • container
  • balanced liquid fertilizer

Soak Bulb

Soak the bulb roots in a basin of lukewarm water for a few hours. This will soften them and encourage the bulb to come into growth again.

Soak Bulb Roots to Force GrowthEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Plant in Container

Choose a pot, just larger than the bulb itself, that has a drainage hole. Fill the base with soil, place the bulb on top and add more soil. Leave the top third of the bulb protruding.

Planting BulbEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Leave to Shoot

Water the bulb well to help settle the soil, then place the pot in a bright, warm spot at about 70 degrees F. Water sparingly until new leaves develop; then water regularly, keeping it moist.

Water Amaryllis Bulb RegularlyEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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