Below is some text from a web site that I am currently building for an
Amaryllis vendor. This information from the "Amaryllis Care" page of the
site. This new site should be available within a few days.
Amaryllis bulbs are usually available in the fall. The Amaryllis is a large
plant, growing 18-24 in., with blooms 4-10" wide. Colors range from pure
white to salmon, pink and red. Bulbs can be brought into bloom from late
fall until early spring, blooming 6-8 weeks after planting. In the south
(zones 8-10) Amaryllis can overwinter in the garden and usually bloom in
Purchase large, firm bulbs. The larger the bulb the more stalks and flowers
it will produce. Plant in a light, well--drained potting mixture. The
potting mix should be about 1" below the pot rim to allow space for
watering. Plant the bulb with 1/3 of the bulb above the mix. In the garden
it may be necessary, after several years, to lift the bulb and replant as
they tend to pull themselves deeper into the soil. When foliage and blooms
decline this is usually the problem.
Place your potted Amaryllis in a sunny, warm room. Water sparingly until
first shoots appear, then water whenever soil is dry- making sure it is
evenly moist, but not wet. Turn the pot every few days to keep the foliage
balanced. Some varieties may need staking. Fertilize with a balanced
water -soluble fertilizer such as 20-20-20 once a month while the plant is
in active growth.
Once the flower buds are ready to open, the pot can be moved to a different
location, one which is cooler and has less direct sunlight. This will
prolong flowering and show off the brilliant colors. Remove the flowers as
they fade to prevent seed pods from forming, which diverts food from the
When the bloom period is over, place the pot in a sunny location. Water and
feed regularly to promote vigorous foliage and to enlarge the bulb. Bulbs
may be placed outdoors in light shade during the summer as long as they are
protected from spring and fall frosts. Bring indoors after the foliage has
died(about Sept). Store in a cool dry location out of direct sunlight until
signs of growth reappear. Discontinue watering and feeding during this time
to prevent rot.
In about 2 months new growth will appear. Gently remove and replenish the
top 1" in. of soil adding in 1 tsp. of bonemeal.
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