Dec 14, 2010

Growing Amaryllis Indoors

Amaryllis blooms come in a variety of vibrant colors.
Amaryllis blooms come in a variety of vibrant colors.
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Amaryllis is a tropical flowering bulb that can be successfully grown indoors during the fall and winter months. Flowering occurs six to eight weeks after planting.

    Bulb Selection

  1. There are single flowering, double flowering and miniature amaryllis from which to choose. Select firm, large bulbs.
  2. Container Selection

  3. Choose a container that is 1 to 2 inches larger than the diameter of the bulb's base. It can be plastic, metal, ceramic or clay, but it must have drainage holes.
  4. Soil Mix

  5. Use a well-drained, sterilized potting soil with a pH between 6.0 and 6.5. Clemson University Cooperative Extension recommends a mixture containing equal parts sphagnum peat moss and perlite.
  6. Planting

  7. Fill the pot halfway with potting soil, and center the bulb on top. Continue adding and firming soil until the upper half of the bulb is above the soil surface and the top of the soil is 1 inch below the pot rim. Soak with lukewarm water.
  8. Lighting & Temperature

  9. Place amaryllis pots in a location that is 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Once growth starts, transfer the pot to a bright southern window.
  10. Watering & Fertilizing

  11. Water amaryllis when the first 1/2 of soil dries. Feed when growth appears, and then every two weeks, with a well-balanced, water-soluble fertilizer.

Read more: Can Amaryllis Be Grown Indoors? |
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