spring or summer
18" to 24"
sunny window sills; sun to partial shade outdoors
rich, well-drained soil
6 to 8 week after planting
a wide variety of sensational trumpet-shaped blooms
thick, smooth leafless stems
accents, usually grown as an annual houseplant
Amaryllis couldn't be easier to grow. Most garden and home centers offer them for sale during the winter season when they are commonly grown to bloom for the holidays. Although not necessary, soaking the root end of the bulb in water the night before planting will give it a faster start. Place the potted bulbs in a sunny window sill and keep soil moist (not wet) until blooming. Tall plants may need staking. Continue to water until the leaves start to turn yellow and die back. Cut them down and cease watering for 12 weeks. The plant can be brought out of dormancy again after this rest period, but cheaper bulbs may fail to flower a second time or flower less successfully. High quality amaryllis bulbs can produce many flowers at a time for as long as 75 years.
Originally from South Africa, in the language of flowers, Amaryllis means "splendid beauty" or "pride."
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