Do you Know The best way to Accurately Plant an Amaryllis Bulb?


Amaryllis bulbs

A set of amaryllis bulbs

I’ve been out and about preparing for the vacations, as I’m certain you might have been. If the shop has a floral part I all the time cease to see what vacation crops are on the market. There are such a lot of poinsettias, kalanchoe, frosty ferns, cyclamen, and naturally, amaryllis. What I’ve observed is a few of these crops aren’t planted appropriately. 

Amaryllis kitsch

Boy, have they executed some bizarre issues to amaryllis bulbs. Since they’re bulbs, all the things is saved within the bulb that they should develop and flower the primary 12 months. Even with out their roots, they will flower and ship out leaves.

Waxed Amarylllis

That’s why the bulbs beneath have wax on them they usually aren’t in any form of potting combine. I’ve heard that some folks have been profitable peeling the wax off and the bulb has grown roots and lived the following 12 months. Although which will work, I’m certain these bulbs are supposed to be thrown out after the vacations, like a poinsettia. 

Knitted Sleeve Coated Amaryllis

Have you ever seen the stocking-covered bulbs? These are just like the waxed bulbs however an ornamental knitted sleeve is used instead of wax. They’re form of cute, proper? With each the waxed and sleeved amaryllis, a chunk of coiled wire is inserted within the backside of the bulb to assist it sit up.

I’ve to confess, that is an amaryllis I form of like, aside from the truth that they’ve glued the bulb to logs after which flocked it to appear to be snow….What do you suppose?


An amaryllis glued onto two small birch logs and flocked to appear to be it has snowed (Subsequent to my grandma’s vintage church music field)

Pre-packaged amaryllis

Many occasions you can see an amaryllis bulb in a field or different container and it consists of all the things you should plant the bulb. The issue is, the “soil” they embrace is normally solely peat moss or coir with no amendments and I’ve discovered if used, the bulb doesn’t develop nicely and infrequently rots. It’s too “heavy” and must be thrown out! Additionally, discover a container that has a drainage gap and one which has a diameter that isn’t a lot larger than the bulb itself. These amaryllis bulbs must be planted appropriately for his or her finest well being.

Amaryllis bulb planted

Planted it up in a pot not a lot larger than the bulb itself

Potting Medium

Discover a potting medium that’s fast-draining and is healthier for the bulb and can assist hold it alive long run.


Potting medium

Use a great high quality, fast-draining potting medium to your bulb


Amaryllis bulb planted

Planted it up in a pot not a lot larger than the bulb itself

Pre-planted amaryllis

I’ve seen pre-planted amaryllis earlier than, however by no means one which was buried up to now into the potting medium. This isn’t conducive to the well being of the bulb. One-third of the amaryllis bulb must be unnoticed of the potting medium. This bulb must be planted appropriately. I pulled it out of the combination and I’ve to say it was a bit moist and slimy if that’s the phrase. I’m not certain it is going to dwell however I repotted it with a great potting combine and am hoping for the most effective. 

Shopping for a free bulb

I discover one of the simplest ways to buy a bulb is to get one at a backyard middle and purchase the largest bulb you’ll be able to afford. The larger the bulb, the extra flower stalks it is going to ship up. Look how properly this one is protected against dealing with and bruising wrapped in a styrofoam sleeve. The roots are fairly desiccated, so I soak them in water earlier than planting. It doesn’t must be a very long time, however it is going to assist the roots rehydrate earlier than planting. 

In assessment

Purchase the biggest bulb you’ll be able to, ideally from an unbiased backyard middle. Soak the roots earlier than planting (not the bulb). In case you purchase a pre-packaged bulb, throw the soil away, discover a pot with a drainage gap not a lot larger round than the bulb, and use a top quality, fast-draining potting medium. In case you purchase a pre-planted bulb, make sure that one-third of the bulb is above the soil line for the most effective well being of the bulb. After planting, water it in after which await the bulb to indicate indicators of development earlier than watering once more. Place it in a heat vibrant place whereas it’s rising and as soon as it flowers, it may be moved to a cooler space to lengthen the lifetime of the flower.  As soon as the flower stalk is rising, you’ll have to flip it usually to maintain the stalk straight as it is going to develop in direction of the sunshine. Look ahead to it to flower and luxuriate in! It’s a lovely flowering plant.

Discover ways to handle your amaryllis after it blooms right here. 

I hope this helps you plant your amaryllis bulb appropriately and I hope you retain it rising and blooming for years to come back!

Have a fantastic vacation, plant buddies!