Take It Outside: Grow Amaryllis in Your Garden

Try these varieties when you want to bring this popular winter bloom outdoors.

Related To:

IMG_9321.JPG

Amaryllises and junipers growing together - Christmas in late April

Amaryllises and junipers growing together - Christmas in late April

The question comes up every winter: Can I transplant my potted amaryllis to the garden this spring and grow it there?

In the gardening world, anything’s worth a try. But the reality is, most amaryllis that are sold for forcing into bloom indoors are hybrids. These “florist amaryllis,” or false amaryllis, (Hippeastrum) are hardy in warm climates of zone 8 and higher and typically don’t transfer well outdoors. That’s not to say that one will never flower again once planted in the garden – just don’t set your expectations too high for your noble recycling effort!

But if amaryllis are your thing, there are two true species to consider for your garden. 

Amaryllis belladonna – better known as Naked Ladies – are native to South Africa. Typically grown on the West Coast, the bulbs send up or two leafless stems in late summer, each bearing a cluster of two to 12 funnel-shaped flowers, usually white with crimson veins, but there are also hybrids in purple, pink and peach as well. 

The other species, which is hardy throughout the Southeast, is the Johnson’s amaryllis, or Hippeastrum x johnsonii. Named for an English hybridizer, these are most often confused with the indoor amaryllis. This bulb is the toughest of all because it can withstand cold temperatures and poor soil. In spring, it sends up 10- to 24-inch stems that produce red softball-size trumpet-shaped blooms with white stripes. 

Like most flowering bulbs, amaryllis prefer full sun and well-drained soil.

Next Up

How to Grow and Care For Amaryllis

Beautiful but easy, amaryllis bulbs bring the color — indoors and out. Discover different types of amaryllis, including hardy garden varieties and stunning indoor bloomers.

How to Grow Gladiolus Flowers

Plant easy-to-grow gladioli in spring and watch them burst into beautiful summertime blooms.

Learn How to Plant and Grow Spider Lily

These old-fashioned favorites bring gorgeous blooms when other flowers have faded, popping up like magic in late summer.

How to Store Dahlias for Winter

When the first freeze hits, it's time to tuck away your dahlias until spring returns.

Iris Flower: Varieties to Grow and How to Care for Them

Learn popular iris varieties that flower in a multitude of colors and the meaning behind the flower's name.

Planting and Caring for Tulips

Tulips bring some of the earliest color to the late winter garden. Learn how to plant tulip bulbs and care for these flowers that signal warmer, better days are on the way.

Planting and Growing Garden Phlox

Learn how to plant, grow and care for this perennial charmer in your garden.

How to Plant, Grow and Care for Hyacinth Flowers

Sweet-smelling hyacinths are a symbol of spring. Learn how to grow these iconic flowers.

How to Keep Tulips from Drooping

Expert tips for keeping cut tulips straight and tall.

Growing Siberian Iris

Discover the tough-as-nails beauty Siberian iris and learn how to use it in your garden.

Go Shopping

Get product recommendations from HGTV editors, plus can’t-miss sales and deals.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.