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Amaryllis Planting and Care

Amaryllis Quick Tips:

  • Planting Period: October until the end of April.
  • Flowering Period: Late December until the end of June.
  • Flowering time is 7-10 weeks.
  • Larger bulbs produce more flowers.
  • Always store un-planted bulbs in a cool place between 40-50 deg. F.

Amaryllis-One of a Kind

Of all flowering bulbs, amaryllis are the easiest to bring to bloom. This can be accomplished indoors or out, and over an extended period of time. The amaryllis originated in South America’s tropical regions and has the botanical name Hippeastrum. The large flowers and ease with which they can be brought to bloom make amaryllis popular and in demand worldwide. The amaryllis comes in many beautiful varieties including various shades of red, white, pink, salmon and orange. There are also many striped and multicolored varieties, usually combining shades of pink or red with white.

Preparation for Planting

The base and roots of the bulb should be placed in lukewarm water for a few hours. Remember, if you cannot plant the bulbs immediately after receiving them, store them at a cool temperature between 40-50 degrees F.


Plant bulbs in a nutritious potting compost, many are available pre-mixed. Plant the bulb up to its neck in the potting compost, being careful not to damage the roots. Press the soil down firmly to set the bulb securely in place after planting.

Placement and Watering

Plant the bulb, or place the potted bulb in a warm place with direct light since heat is necessary for the development of the stems. The ideal temperature is 68 to 70 degrees F. Water sparingly until the stem appears, then, as the bud and leaves appear, gradually water more. At this point, the stem will grow rapidly and flowers will develop after it has reached full growth.

Flowering Period

Bulbs will flower in 7-10 weeks as a general rule. In winter the flowering time will be longer than in spring. Set up your planting schedule between October and April with this in mind. To achieve continuous bloom, plant at intervals of 2 weeks for stunning color in your home or garden.

After-Bloom Care

After-Flowering. After the amaryllis has stopped flowering, it can be made to flower again. Cut the old flowers from the stem after flowering, and when the stem starts to sag, cut it back to the top of the bulb.
Leaf Growth and Development. Continue to water and fertilize as normal all summer, or for at least 5-6 months, allowing the leaves to fully develop and grow. When the leaves begin to yellow, which normally occurs in the early fall, cut the leaves back to about 2 inches from the top of the bulb and remove the bulb from the soil.
Bulb Storage. Clean the bulb and place it in a cool (40-50 deg. F), dark place such as the crisper of your refrigerator for a minimum of 6 weeks. Caution: Do not store amaryllis bulbs in a refrigerator that contains apples, this will sterilize the bulbs. Store the bulbs for a minimum of 6 weeks.
Plant Again. After 6 weeks you may remove bulbs whenever you would like to plant them. Plant bulbs 8 weeks before you would like them to bloom.

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After Bloom Care for Amaryllis

At Logee’s, we sell all our Amaryllis around the holidays and then we don’t see them again until next year. However, last week I was in our greenhouses and found lots of new varieties that were in bloom, out of bloom, and other various stages of growth. Many of these Amaryllis are still in the testing phase (are the blooms big enough, do they hold on well, do they grow to the desired height,etc) but the plant care remains the same. Take a look at what to do with your Amaryllis after the bloom.

Amaryllis Aphrodite

Here is Amaryllis Aphrodite a new variety that is being tested. Notice the flower stem that is almost finished blooming. It will need to be trimmed.

A close up of the flower

Amaryllis in our office that need plant care attention

And more neglected Amaryllis. We need to take each Amaryllis one by one and first trim off the dead blooms

This can be done by simply removing the flower and leaving the stem to give the plant energy until a new growth begins

This bloom will only be good for another few days but the blooms are so spectacular that I like to try to make them last as long as they can

Notice the tall green flower stem. This may turn yellow and die which is normal. Once it tips over or dies, then cut back to around one to two inches above the bulb.

Another bloom gone

This entire flower stem can be trimmed back to the two inches above the bulb now since, the new growth has already begun and is infusing life into the plant.

New Growth

These Amaryllis can be grown and cared for like any other tropical plant. They can be moved outside in the summer and back inside in the winter. There are many different thoughts on how to re-bloom them. Some say, grow the plant until fall and then take the bulb out of the pot and store it in the refrigerator for 6 weeks. Finally, take the refrigerated bulb out about 6-8 weeks before you want it to flower and start the potting process and flowering process all over again.
At Logees, we like to grow Amaryllis like any other plant and keep it pot bound. The large green leaves are giving the bulb energy for next year’s flowers. If you grow your Amaryllis outside for the summer and bring it in, the leaves will turn yellow and wither. Simply trim to bulb height again.
It’s important to give your plant a dormancy period for about 6-8 week. Place the plant (bulb in the pot) in a cool ( 55 degree F), dimly lit area and don’t water. A cool north room works well. In November (or after your designated time) move your plant into a warm sunny window and water accurately (don’t over water) until your leaves appear. Flowers should bloom in time for the holidays. Here is a great article for more details about year-round care.

Amaryllis Mount Blanc

Amaryllis Mount Blanc is another test plant and so far looks like it is in the running with its giant white blooms.

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An amaryllis bulb saved from a previous year produces leaves, but doesn’t bloom. Why?

An amaryllis bulb purchased at a garden center or other retail business typically blooms 6 to 8 weeks after the bulb is potted up. In succeeding years, proper cultural practices must be followed to get the bulb to bloom on an annual basis.

After the amaryllis bulb has been potted up and flowered, cut off the flower stalk with a sharp knife. Make the cut 1 to 2 inches above the bulb. Don’t damage the foliage. In order for the bulb to bloom again next season, the plant must replenish its depleted food reserves. The strap-like leaves manufacture food for the plant. Place the plant in a sunny window and water when the soil surface is nearly dry. Fertilize every 2 to 4 weeks with a dilute fertilizer solution.

The amaryllis can be moved outdoors in late May. Harden or acclimate the plant to the outdoors by initially placing it in a shady, protected area. After 2 to 3 days, gradually expose the amaryllis to longer periods of direct sun. The amaryllis should be properly hardened in 7 to 10 days. Once hardened, select a site in partial to full sun. Dig a hole and set the pot into the ground. Outdoors, continue to water the plant during dry weather. Also, continue to fertilize the amaryllis once or twice a month through July. Bring the plant indoors in mid-September. Plants left indoors should be kept in a sunny window.

In order to bloom, amaryllis bulbs must be exposed to temperatures of 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit for a minimum of 8 to 10 weeks. This can be accomplished by inducing the plant to go dormant and then storing the dormant bulb at a temperature of 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. To induce dormancy, place the plant in cool, semi-dark location in late September and withhold water. Cut off the foliage when the leaves turn brown. Then place the dormant bulb in a 50 to 55 degree Fahrenheit location for at least 8 to 10 weeks. After the cool requirement has been met, start the growth cycle again by watering the bulb and placing it in a well-lit, 70 to 75 degree Fahrenheit location. Keep the potting soil moist, but not wet, until growth appears. The other option is to place the plant in a well-lit, 50 to 55 degree Fahrenheit location in fall. Maintain the amaryllis as a green plant from fall to early to mid-winter. After the cool requirement has been met, move the plant to a warmer (70 to 75 degree Fahrenheit) location.

Amaryllis Leaves Drooping: Reasons Leaves Droop In Amaryllis

Amaryllis plants are beloved for their huge, brightly beaming blooms and large leaves – the whole package lends a tropical feel to indoor settings and gardens alike. These brash beauties live for decades and thrive indoors, but even the best houseplant has its days. Droopy amaryllis plants aren’t uncommon; and these symptoms are typically caused by environmental problems. Read on to learn what makes the leaves on amaryllis turn yellow and droop.

Why the Leaves on Amaryllis are Drooping

Amaryllis is an easy-care plant, provided the basic needs are met. When they don’t get the right amount of water, fertilizer or sunlight at the proper time in their bloom cycle, it may result in limp, yellow leaves. You can prevent this situation and increase your plant’s lifespan by keeping its basic needs in mind.

Water: Amaryllis need frequent watering and excellent drainage. Although some kits are designed for growing amaryllis in a water culture, these plants will always be sickly and short-lived – they simply aren’t designed to sit in stagnant water all day. The bulb or crown may develop fungal rot under constantly wet conditions, causing limp leaves and plant death. Plant amaryllis in a well draining potting soil and water it any time the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.

Fertilizer: Never fertilize amaryllis as it is beginning to go dormant or you may stimulate new growth that keeps the bulb working when it should be resting. Dormancy is vital to the success of an amaryllis bulb – if it can’t rest, new growth will emerge increasingly weaker until all you’re left with are pale, limp leaves and an exhausted bulb.

Sunlight: If you notice amaryllis leaves drooping despite otherwise ideal care, check the lighting in the room. Once the blooms have faded, amaryllis plants race to store as much energy in their bulbs as they can before they return to dormancy. Prolonged periods of low light can weaken your plant, resulting in signs of stress like yellow or limp leaves. Plan to move your amaryllis onto the patio after bloom, or provide it with supplemental indoor lighting.

Stress: Leaves droop in amaryllis for many reasons, but shock and stress may cause the most dramatic changes. If you’ve just moved your plant or are forgetting to water it regularly, the stress may be too much for the plant. Remember to check your plant every few days and water as needed. When you move it to the patio, start by placing it in a shady spot, then gradually increase its exposure to the light over a week or two. Gentle changes and proper watering will usually prevent environmental shock.

Dormancy: If this is your first amaryllis bulb, you may be unaware that they must spend many weeks in dormancy in order to thrive. After the blooms are spent, the plant prepares for this rest period by storing up lots of food, but as it approaches dormancy, these leaves gradually turn yellow or brown and may droop. Let them dry out completely before removing them.

1. My Amaryllis hasn’t even started to get leaves yet! Are you sure it’s going to bloom? The Amaryllis that we ship have been in cold storage (40-45 degrees F), and it will take a week (or maybe longer) for them to show new growth. We do not send bulbs already budded, because budded ones are more likely to dry out and will take much longer to re-start the blooming process. Always use tepid to room- temperature water when watering your Amaryllis.
• The single Amaryllis will need about 8 ounces (1 cup) of water to stimulate growth, and the containers that have 3 bulbs will need 10 to 12 ounces of water. Containers with four to five bulbs will need 12 to 16 ounces (2 cups). Waxed Amaryllis bulbs do not require water, and have everything they need to grow inside the wax.
• Without sufficient water and proper air temperatures (65-70 degrees F), bulbs will be really slow to take off. So be sure to water well (but not to overwater, as this can cause bulb rot), and remember to provide warm temperatures. After the initial watering, make sure to check the bulbs once a week, and add small amounts of water as needed.
• To check to see if water is needed, simply touch the surface of the soil, or poke your finger slightly into the surface to see if it feels moist or not. If dry, then go ahead and add ½ of the recommended amounts mentioned above for each size container.
• Continue to check weekly or as needed.
• Once growth initiates, feed bulb with a water-soluble fertilizer every two weeks. 2. How long does it take for Amaryllis to bloom? Your bulb will send up a thick green shoot within a couple of weeks. Buds begin to appear in about a month to 6 weeks, and your Amaryllis will bloom 7 to 10 weeks after planting.
The best place to keep your Amaryllis once in bloom is in a bright window with cooler temperatures of 60-65 degrees F. 3. The leaves are so very long! They are flopping over everywhere. What do I do? The best place to keep your Amaryllis once it is in bloom is in a bright cool window. The leaves are stretching to the light, so give them very bright light to avoid flopping of foliage. Turn your container periodically to keep leaves straight. You can also trim leaves if desired.
We recommend that you use our Amaryllis stakes, which will provide support and help avoid breakage under the weight of the bloom. Our stakes will allow the Amaryllis to remain upright and attractive for a showy display. 4. How do I re-bloom my Amaryllis? Cut back the flower stalk(s) 1 to 2 inches above the neck of the bulb after blooming stops, (but allow the foliage to grow). Continue caring for your Amaryllis as a house plant by keeping it fed and watered so the soil is moist but not wet. You will need to stop feeding in August.
It’s now time to get the bulb ready to go back into dormancy and prepare the bulb for re-blooming. The foliage will already have started dying back, which is normal. If you want your Amaryllis to bloom at a specific time, count backward about 10-12 weeks to determine when to stop watering. During the dormancy period, you will need to place your Amaryllis in a cool, dark place such as a closet or basement.
Now it’s time to bring your Amaryllis back to the growth and bloom stage. Bring back into bright light, resume watering, and remove any dead foliage. You may want to re-pot in some fresh potting soil to rejuvenate the bulb as it grows. Leaves will follow shortly and then blooms.
Note that waxed Amaryllis bulbs will not rebloom, and cannot be replanted after the holidays. 5. It has been 6 weeks, and I only have long green leaves? Why? A bulb that produces leaves first makes you wonder if there is something wrong with the Amaryllis because it is only growing leaves and showing no bud yet. That happens with some, and it isn’t something out of the ordinary.
A bulb may grow leaves before flowers, or it may do it in reverse. In either case, you should give the plant warmth, light and careful watering, and allow it to continue to grow. These are hybrid Amaryllis, and by the nature of their breeding, you will definitely see larger leaves. This is normal, so do not be concerned.
Please don’t forget our Amaryllis stakes to help support the foliage as well as the blooms.

Amaryllis are beautiful flowering bulbs that are easy to care for, and they can bloom every year. In this detailed amaryllis care guide, I’ll give you tons of information and growing tips, answer your FAQs, help you troubleshoot common problems, and show you exactly how to grow amaryllis.

I don’t know about you, but I am a bit obsessed with amaryllis (I currently have 10 different varieties growing in my spare bedroom!). I mean who doesn’t love those huge, gorgeous flowers?!?

The best part is that they bloom during the long winter months, which is something I look forward to every year! That’s why they are one of my top picks for the best flowering houseplants.

They are a very popular holiday gift plant that’s fun to grow. But most people toss out the bulbs because they don’t know how to take care of amaryllis after blooming.

The good news is that you can keep the bulbs to grow again next year, and amaryllis care is extremely easy. In this comprehensive guide, I will show you everything you need to know about how to take care of an amaryllis plant.

Here’s what you’ll find in this detailed amaryllis care guide…

  • Different Types Of Amaryllis
  • Is Amaryllis Annual Or Perennial?
  • Amaryllis Plant Life Cycle
  • Are Amaryllis Plants Poisonous?
  • When Do Amaryllis Bloom?
    • When To Start Amaryllis For Christmas
    • Forcing The Bulbs In Water
  • Growing Outdoors
  • Growing Indoors
  • Amaryllis Plant Care Instructions
    • How To Get Amaryllis To Rebloom
    • Watering Instructions
    • Light Requirements
    • Best Fertilizer For Amaryllis
    • Soil Requirements
    • Repotting Amaryllis
    • Pest Control
    • Pruning Amaryllis
  • Amaryllis Propagation Methods
    • Can You Grow Amaryllis From Seed?
  • Troubleshooting Common Problems
  • FAQs
    • Can amaryllis bulbs be reused?
    • What do you do with an amaryllis after it has bloomed?
    • How long do amaryllis blooms last?
    • How long does an amaryllis bulb need to be dormant?
    • When should I feed my amaryllis bulbs?
    • How often should I water my amaryllis bulb?
    • Why are my amaryllis leaves turning yellow?
    • Do amaryllis have a scent?
  • Where To Buy Amaryllis

Different Types Of Amaryllis

There are tons of different types of amaryllis flowers, and they are all beautiful! Though red and white are the most common colors, the flowers can be any shade of red, pink or white. Some amaryllis varieties even have striped or multi-colored flowers.

The size and shape of the flowers can be different depending on the variety too. Some are more rounded and others are star shaped, or they can have single petals while others are double. A few of my favorite varieties are ‘Apple Blossom’, ‘Clown’, ‘Splash’, and ‘Christmas gift’.

Amaryllis apple blossom blooming

Is Amaryllis Annual Or Perennial?

Even though it’s most common to find amaryllis for sale during the winter as holiday gift plants, they are actually tender perennials. Most will survive in zones 9 and above, but there are a few hardy garden amaryllis varieties that can be grown down to zone 7.

Amaryllis Plant Life Cycle

Once you learn more about them, you’ll find that the amaryllis life cycle is different than it is for your other houseplants. Like most plants, their active growing season is during the spring and summer months.

But the key differences are that they are winter blooming plants that grow from a bulb. And the bulb needs a period of dormancy in the fall in order to flower.

So, you can care for amaryllis plants just as you would any of your other indoor plants, and they will be beautiful green houseplants. But, if you want your amaryllis bulb to rebloom every year, then there are a few extra steps you need to take (I’ll show you exactly what to do with an amaryllis after it blooms below).

Are Amaryllis Plants Poisonous?

Yes, unfortunately all parts of the amaryllis plant are toxic to pets. The website has them listed as being toxic to both cats and dogs.

To avoid amaryllis poisoning, please keep it out of reach of your pets (and the kiddos too) at all times. Otherwise, try growing some of these pet friendly houseplant instead.

When Do Amaryllis Flowers Bloom?

Amaryllis flowering time depends on two main factors: the period of dormancy, and the type of amaryllis you have. Generally speaking, it is a winter blooming plant. But, they can bloom anywhere from winter through early summer.

Most varieties take 6-8 weeks to bloom after their dormancy period, but some varieties can take up to 10 weeks. If you want to time the blooms, count backward 12-16 weeks, and that’s when you need to start their dormancy. Then bring them out of storage 6-8 weeks before you would like them to bloom.

Keep in mind that the bulbs need to be mature in order to bloom. So, small bulbs may not bloom even after you follow all of these amaryllis plant care steps. But on the flip side, they only get better with age! As amaryllis bulbs grow larger, they produce more flowering stems.

When To Start Amaryllis For Christmas

If you want to try forcing amaryllis bulbs for Christmas, then you should start their rest period sometime in early-mid September.

Then bring them out of dormancy in late October-early November (6-8 weeks after the start of their dormancy period).

Forcing Amaryllis Bulbs In Water

Yes, you can grow amaryllis bulbs in water, and it’s a fun project to try. The only caution I have is that it’s very easy for the bulb to rot if you do it wrong.

Also, when bulbs are forced in water, they usually need to be thrown out afterward. Sometimes they will grow in soil and recover fine, but it will take a few years for them to flower again.

So I would only recommend trying this if you have a spare bulb or two, rather than using the only one you have. If you want to give it a try, you can get the full tutorial for how to grow amaryllis in water here.

Clown amaryllis blooming

Growing Amaryllis Outdoors

As I mentioned above, amaryllis is a perennial plant in zone 9 and above. And there are some hardy amaryllis bulbs that can survive down to z7. So, if you live in a warm enough climate, you can grow them in your garden year round (lucky you!).

If you want to try planting amaryllis outdoors in the garden, then choose a spot that gets full sun and has well-draining soil. Also, keep in mind that they may not bloom until spring or early summer when planted in the garden.

But even if you live in a cold climate like I do, you can still grow them outside during the summer. I leave mine in their pots all year. But some people prefer planting amaryllis outside in their garden in the spring, then digging up the bulbs in the fall.

If you put your amaryllis outside during the summer, be sure to move it back indoors before any chance of frost. They can tolerate frost and short periods of freezing without dying. But it’s best to bring them back indoors before frost to prevent any damage, and ensure they will bloom.

Growing Amaryllis Indoors

The good news is that amaryllis can be grown indoors as a houseplant. I find it much easier to put mine outside for the summer, but you can certainly keep them growing inside your home all year long. However, amaryllis care indoors is a bit different than growing them outside.

Giving them adequate light is the biggest challenge most people face with indoor amaryllis bulbs. But other than that, they are pretty easy to grow inside. The instructions below will give you all the details you need to learn how to grow amaryllis indoors or out…

Amaryllis Care Instructions

In this section, I will give you all of the details you need to know about how to care for amaryllis plants. I will start with the most common question that people have about growing an amaryllis… how to take care of amaryllis bulbs after flowering, and get them to bloom again.

How To Get Amaryllis To Rebloom

When it comes to amaryllis care, by far the most common question I get asked is “How do I get amaryllis to bloom again?“. The good news is that forcing amaryllis bulbs is very easy, but it does require a little help from you. Here are my quick tips for how to force amaryllis to bloom…

The first thing to remember is that the bulbs need to regenerate their energy after blooming. Cut off the flower stalks after the flowers have died, but do not remove the leaves. The leaves are what gives the bulb energy to rebloom.

Then grow your amaryllis as a houseplant, giving it plenty of light, and fertilize it regularly. Once the temperature gets above 60F, put it outside for the summer. Be sure to slowly acclimate it to growing in a full sun location so the leaves don’t get sunburned. Keep it growing in the full sun, and fertilize it every few weeks through the summer.

Stop fertilizing and watering it a few weeks before you want to trigger dormancy. Then bring it back indoors and put it in a cool, dark location (I keep mine in the garage, but a basement or closet would be great amaryllis bulb storage spots too). Allow it to rest for 6-8 weeks, removing the dead leaves as they dry up.

When the dormancy period is over, move your amaryllis to a warm, sunny window and water it thoroughly. You should start to see new growth in another 6-8 weeks. If they are slow to grow, then place the pot on a heat mat to help break dormancy. Get my full step-by-step instructions for how to rebloom your amaryllis plants here.

My amaryllis bulb starting to rebloom

Amaryllis Watering Instructions

One of the most common problems people have with growing amaryllis bulbs is overwatering. Consistent overwatering will cause amaryllis bulb rot, which will ultimately kill the plant. We don’t want that to happen, so here are my tips for watering amaryllis in pots…

  • How often to water amaryllis bulbs – It’s good to have an amaryllis care routine, but never water your plants on a set schedule. Instead, you should always check the soil before watering. To check the soil, stick your finger about 1″ deep. If the it feels wet, then wait to water it.
  • How much water does an amaryllis need? – Amaryllis plants need more water in the summer than they do in the winter. So check the soil weekly during the summer, and give it a good drink of water when it doesn’t feel wet anymore. In the winter, allow the soil to dry out more between waterings. Don’t water them at all during dormancy.
  • How to water amaryllis – To water potted amaryllis bulbs, pour water over the top of the soil until it starts coming out the bottom of the pot. Then allow the excess water to drain completely before putting it back in the plant tray or cache pot. Never allow the plant to sit in water.

If you struggle with watering your plants, I recommend getting an inexpensive soil moisture meter. It’s a great tool that will help you get it perfect every time, and it works for any type of plant.

Amaryllis Light Requirements

One of the biggest problems people have with amaryllis care is giving their plant the right amount of light. An amaryllis houseplant needs lots of light in order to grow its best and bloom. The ideal spot to grow it indoors is in a sunny, south-facing window.

Once they begin, the flower stems grow very fast and it can be difficult to keep them growing straight. If they start to get tall and leggy, or grow towards the window, that means they aren’t getting enough light.

If you can’t give your amaryllis enough natural sunlight, then get a grow light and set it on an outlet timer for 6-10 hours a day. For leggy flowers, use an amaryllis stake to support the stems so they don’t fall over. You can also rotate the pot every few days to help keep them growing straight.

Best Fertilizer For Amaryllis

The best type of fertilizer to use on your amaryllis is a water soluble one. It’s also best to use an organic fertilizer rather than a synthetic one. Chemical fertilizers build up in the soil, and can easily cause fertilizer burn. Plus, they really aren’t good for the long-term health of a plant.

  • Good types of amaryllis fertilizer – A general purpose organic houseplant food will work great, or you can use one that is specifically made for flowering plants. They also really love organic compost tea (which you can get in a liquid concentrate, or buy tea bags to brew your own) or liquid fish emulsion.
  • When to fertilize amaryllis – Begin fertilizing your plant when it’s done blooming, and continue feeding through the summer as a regular part of amaryllis plant care. Stop feeding it a couple of weeks before its ready for dormancy. Don’t fertilize at all during dormancy or flowering.

Amaryllis Soil Requirements

They aren’t super fussy about the type of soil they’re growing in, as long as it has good drainage. A general purpose mix will work just fine for amaryllis potting soil.

However, if you tend to overwater your plants, then I recommend adding in perlite, pumice or coarse sand into your growing medium for amaryllis to help add extra drainage.

Newly potted amaryllis bulb

Repotting Amaryllis Bulbs

Contrary to what you may have heard, you don’t need to repot amaryllis every year in order for them to bloom. They actually prefer to be pot-bound. The bulbs only need to repotted every few years at most, or after they have become pot-bound.

  • When to repot amaryllis bulbs – The best time for repotting is after the bulbs have gone dormant. You can either remove the bulb from the pot once it’s dormant, store it bare root, then pot it up after its rest period. Or you can simply repot it right before you bring it out of dormancy.
  • How to repot an amaryllis bulb – Choose a container that’s slightly larger than the bulb, and is only one size larger than the pot it was in (so go from a 6″ to an 8″ pot for example). Plant it in a general purpose potting soil leaving 1/3-1/2 of the bulb above the soil level. Take care not to plant the bulb too deep or it may not flower.

If you want to grow more than one amaryllis flower bulb in a container, than choose a larger pot (10-12″). You may also want to use a clay or ceramic pot to keep the heavy flowers from toppling the plant. Just be sure to always use a pot with holes in the bottom to prevent overwatering.

Amaryllis Pest Control

Healthy amaryllis plants rarely have problems with houseplant pests, but mealybugs and fungus gnats can sometimes become a problem. Mealybugs look like white cotton on the leaves and stems. Fungus gnats are tiny bugs that look like fruit flies in the soil or flying around the plant.

Fungus gnats are a sign that you are overwatering your plant. To get rid of them, allow the soil to dry out more between waterings. You can also use soapy water (I use 1 tsp mild liquid soap to 1 liter of water) or organic insecticidal soap as a soil drench to kill the bugs faster.

Organic neem oil works great to naturally get rid of houseplant bugs on the leaves and stems, and has a residual effect to keep them away. You can try using horticultural oil instead if you prefer that. Learn all about how to get rid of houseplant bugs naturally here.

Pruning Amaryllis

The good news is that you don’t have to worry too much about pruning as part of your regular amaryllis care routine. But timely pruning is an important step in getting amaryllis to bloom again.

  • How to prune amaryllis flowers – You can deadhead the flowers as they start to fade if you want to. But once all of the flowers on a stalk have died, you should remove the entire stalk. This will allow the plant to start building energy right away for next years flowers. Cut the flower stem off all the way down to the top of the bulb.
  • When to cut back amaryllis leaves – It’s important to keep the leaves on the plant as long as possible so the bulb can regenerate enough energy to bloom again. Never remove green or yellowing leaves, and wait to prune dying leaves off until after they dry up.

White amaryllis flower

Amaryllis Propagation Methods

Dividing amaryllis bulbs is the easiest and most common method of propagation. Mature bulbs will grow offshoots from the base, which can be removed and planted into their own containers. Wait until the offshoots have grown into bulbs and have their own root system before splitting amaryllis bulbs.

To propagate them, gently tease apart the roots until they easily pull apart from each other. After separating amaryllis bulbs, pot the babies up into their own containers. Small bulbs can be planted into 4″ pots or smaller.

Can You Grow Amaryllis From Seed?

Yes, amaryllis plants can be grown from seed! Though keep in mind that it takes a long time to get flowers from seed-grown plants. In order to produce seeds, the flower must be pollinated. To do this yourself, simply brush some pollen onto the pistil (the long white part sticking out of the flower) with your finger or a small brush.

Don’t cut the pollinated flowers off after they fade, leave them on until a seed pod develops. Once the seed pod turns brown and starts to break open, it’s time to collect the seeds. Amaryllis seeds don’t store very well, so be sure to plant them as soon as you can.

Dividing my amaryllis flower bulbs

Troubleshooting Common Amaryllis Problems

Once you get the hang of it, you’ll find that taking care of amaryllis plants is pretty easy. But it can be very frustrating when your plant starts having issues, and you don’t know why. So here are a few of the most common amaryllis plant care problems, and the causes…

  • Amaryllis not flowering – There are a few reasons why an amaryllis will not bloom. Most likely it’s because the bulb hasn’t built up sufficient energy to flower (the leaves were cut off too early, it didn’t get enough light, or it wasn’t fertilized), the bulb is immature, or it didn’t have a period of dormancy.
  • Amaryllis leaves but no flower – If your amaryllis is only growing leaves after dormancy, give it more time because it may still flower. Sometimes the leaves grow before the flowers, which is not a big deal. Otherwise, see the first bullet point.

Amaryllis growing leaves before flowers

  • Bulb not growing – Most of the time when an amaryllis is not growing, it’s due to the dormancy cycle. Remember, they like to go dormant for 6-8 weeks, then it can take another 6-10 weeks for them to break dormancy. If it’s still not growing after that, check the soil to make sure it’s not dried out, and try adding bottom heat to help break dormancy.
  • Leaves falling over – Droopy amaryllis leaves could be caused by over or under watering, or not enough light. Check the bulb to make sure it’s not rotting, then check the moisture level of the soil. If watering isn’t the issue, then give your plant more light.
  • Flower falling over – Since the flowers are so large, it’s common for them to fall over once they open. The main cause is usually lack of light, which causes the stem to grow long and thin. Use an amaryllis stake to support the stems. Or you can cut the flowers, and put the stems into a vase of water instead.
  • Leaves turning yellow – It’s normal for the leaves to turn yellow as the plant starts to go into dormancy (usually in the fall). However, if your amaryllis gets yellow leaves during its active growing season, then it could be caused by overwatering or bulb rot.

Amaryllis Plant Care FAQs

Below I will answer some of the most common questions I get about amaryllis plant care. If you can’t find an answer to your question after reading through the post and these FAQs, then please ask it in the comments section below. I’ll answer it as soon as I can.

Can amaryllis bulbs be reused?

Yes! Amaryllis can live for many, many years. They make excellent houseplants, and are easy to rebloom every year.

What do you do with an amaryllis after it has bloomed?

Cut off the dead flowers and keep it growing as a houseplant. Or, if you want to try your hand at getting amaryllis to rebloom, see the section called “How To Get Amaryllis To Rebloom” above for details.

How long do amaryllis blooms last?

The individual flowers will generally last for 2-3 weeks. Larger bulbs can grow 2-3 flower spikes, which makes them bloom even longer. To extend amaryllis bloom time, keep them out of direct sunlight once the flowers open.

How long does an amaryllis bulb need to be dormant?

On average, the bulbs need to be dormant for 6-8 weeks.

When should I feed my amaryllis bulbs?

You can start fertilizing it after it’s done flowering. Continue feeding amaryllis through the summer, and stop about a month before dormancy.

How often should I water my amaryllis bulb?

Rather than watering them on a schedule, you should only water them when they need it. Check the soil moisture level once a week during the summer, and every couple of weeks during the winter. See the “Amaryllis Watering Instructions” section above for more details.

Why are my amaryllis leaves turning yellow?

The leaves naturally turn yellow as the bulb starts going dormant, which is completely normal. Bulb rot, or under or overwatering can also cause yellowing leaves. See the “Troubleshooting Common Amaryllis Problems” section above for more help.

Do amaryllis have a scent?

Yes, there are many types of fragrant amaryllis flowers, and some are stronger than other. It’s not overpowering, and you usually need to get close to the flower to notice the sweet amaryllis scent.

Red amaryllis flower

Where To Buy Amaryllis Bulbs

You can buy amaryllis bulbs online or at your local garden center. Since they are such popular flowers that bloom at Christmas, the best time to purchase amaryllis bulbs and plants is around the holidays.

But if you’re patient, you can usually find discount amaryllis bulbs on sale for pretty cheap after the holidays at your local garden center. Of course, you can always order amaryllis bulbs online any time of the year.

Amaryllis care may sound like it’s overwhelming at first. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll see just how easy it is. Just think, now that you know what to do with an amaryllis after flowering, and how to care for an amaryllis plant, you’ll be able to enjoy these gorgeous flowers year after year!

If you struggle to grow healthy houseplants during the winter, or you want to learn more about winter flowering plants, then my Winter Houseplant Care eBook is for you! It has everything you need in order to keep your houseplants alive and thriving through the long winter months.

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