Do you grow Amaryllis or Paperwhites in the winter? Some of my readers from warmer climates can grow these beauties outdoors. I’ve never grown Paperwhites before, but I’ve grown many Amaryllis. These bulbs often come in very attractive boxes or kits and make wonderful gifts. Today I’m joining in with gardeners from all over the world at May Dreams Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.
These bulbs are marketed as Christmas flowers, but I don’t plant mine until after the holidays. I don’t have room to get bulbs going with all the Christmas décor. Plus, I love picking up the bulbs on clearance and then having them bloom in February when I’m sick of the winter gloom. There’s nothing more cheery to me in the winter than the big, bright blooms of amaryllis, unless its a hug or a gummy smile from a grand baby.
Easy Growing Instructions
According to Pinterest, there are about 55 different ways to get your Amaryllis bulbs growing (said in jest), but I will just stick with what works for me. If it’s a new bulb, I simply follow the directions on the package. The packaged ones usually come with a pot and a growing medium plug thingy. For my Amaryllis bulbs that I’ve had in storage, I pull the pot from storage, add some add some fresh potting mix to the top of the pot mixing it in with the old soil. Make sure to leave a bit of the bulb sticking up from the soil. I give it a good drink of a fertilizer/water mix. I usually just use a mix of Miracle-Gro Bloom Booster and water. Then I put the pot in a sunny window and wait. I always get excited to see the green tips start emerging. Give it a drink of water when the top of the soil feels dry to the touch. Also don’t forget to turn your pot, so the stem grows straight. In my experience, it usually takes 6 – 8 weeks until I see blooms.
Storing Your Amaryllis Bulb For Next Year
After my amaryllis has finished blooming, I stop watering and move the pot to a shelf in my basement. I leave the leaves and just let them dry up. I understand this is nourishment for the bulb. The following year when it’s time to wake them up, I pull the pot from storage and start all over again.
I love the contrast of this deep red Amaryllis against the snow through the window. I wish my pictures were better, but I’m sure I just snapped them with my phone and wasn’t thinking about publishing them.
Here’s one from last year. This one didn’t start blooming until the first week of March, right as we were leaving for vacation, so I didn’t get to enjoy it for very long.
Have you grown Amaryllis? Do you grow them as a Christmas bulb, or do you wait and start them later like I do? Leave a comment and let me know.
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