Caring for Amaryllis

Here's how to keep your amaryllis going for next year's holidays.
amaryllis_dancingqueen

amaryllis_dancingqueen

Amaryllis 'Dancing Queen'

Amaryllis 'Dancing Queen'

Amaryllises are wonderful flowers for the holiday season. These bulbs produce dramatic single or multiple blossoms that last for several weeks. Here's how to keep your amaryllis going for next year's holidays:

After the blossoms die back, cut the flower stalks, give the plant as much light as possible and keep the potting soil moist. You can move them outside when the weather warms, and the plant will grow throughout the summer.

In August or September, the bulb needs rest. Gradually withhold water; when the foliage has dried, cut it back to about two to three inches above the bulb. Remove the bulb from its pot and allow the roots to dry. Store the bulb in a cool, dark place (40 to 45 degrees is ideal). A chilly basement is good; if you want to store in the bottom drawer (the crisper) of the refrigerator, do so only if there are no apples in the refrigerator.

Let the bulb rest for six to eight weeks, then pot it again and the cycle will resume. Your amaryllis will be ready for another holiday season.

Next Up

How to Dig and Store Tender Bulbs for Winter

Don’t let cold winter weather ruin your tropical dreams. Save bulbs of tropical plants over winter. We’ll show you how.

Hellebores: Winter's Delight

Richly colored flowers, beautiful evergreen foliage and a tough nature has made the Lenten rose a favorite.

Overwintering Palms

Learn about palms that can take a little snow—and what you can do to help them survive winter’s chill.

Winter Houseplant Care

Winter is the perfect time to give your houseplants a little extra attention.

How to Prep Your Plants Before You Bring Them Inside for Winter

Houseplants that have spent summer basking in the great outdoors need a little TLC before coming inside for the winter.

How to Build a Hoop House to Protect Your Vegetables

Extend your cool-weather growing season and even get a jump on spring with a DIY hoop house frame to cover a raised bed.

Q&A: Planting Roses in February

Follow these tips on planting bare-root roses.

Q&A: Overwintering Bananas

Tips for growing banana plants in cold weather.

Harvesting Pumpkins, Storing Seeds

Check out these tips for harvesting the fruit of pumpkins and storing the seeds.

Mums 101: When To Plant and How To Grow Chrysanthemums

Mums can give you color till the cold comes. Here’s how to make the queen of autumn gardens thrive.

Go Shopping

Spruce up your outdoor space with products handpicked by HGTV editors.

On TV

Good Bones

6am | 5c

Good Bones

7am | 6c

Good Bones

8am | 7c

Good Bones

9am | 8c

Good Bones

10am | 9c

Good Bones

11am | 10c

Good Bones

12pm | 11c

Good Bones

1pm | 12c

Good Bones

2pm | 1c

Good Bones

3pm | 2c

Good Bones

4pm | 3c

Good Bones

5pm | 4c

Good Bones

6pm | 5c

Good Bones

7pm | 6c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Good Bones

8pm | 7c

Good Bones

9pm | 8c

House Hunters

10pm | 9c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

Good Bones

12am | 11c

House Hunters

1am | 12c

Good Bones

3am | 2c

Good Bones

4am | 3c

Good Bones

5am | 4c

Follow Us Everywhere

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

Related Pages