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How to Plant and Design with Bulbs
Fall is the time to plant bulbs for spring! To have the best showing possible come next spring, click below (after Growing Amaryllis) for expert tips on how to plant your bulbs and design plant beds.
• Plant the bulb 6-10 weeks before you want it to bloom; this can be done any time
October-April. It takes longer to bloom in the winter than when it is planted in the
spring. Before planting place the bulb in lukewarm water for a few hours. Select a
pot that is about 2 inches wider than the bulb. There should be 1” of space all
around the bulb when planted.
• Fill the bottom of the pot with any good quality potting mix. Place the bulb in the
pot with about 1/2 of the top of the bulb exposed above the soil line. Press the
potting mix firmly down around the bulb to firmly anchor it in the pot.
• Locate the pot where it receives several hours of direct or bright indirect light
each day. To initiate growth of flower stalk, place the pot in a warm location 70
80⁰. Water well at planting time and sparingly till the leaves or buds start to
emerge. As the plant grows, it will demand more water; keep the plant moist but
• Once flower stalk has emerged, move to a cool location for longer flower life.
Optimum temperature would range 50-65⁰. Rotate the pot occasionally to
encourage even growth. Remove spent blooms as they decline.
• Once the bulb has stopped blooming it is not necessary to discard it; often it can
be kept and encouraged to rebloom. With the following regimen, your amaryllis
will rebloom between January and March. This is good timing for the gardener
stuck in a long winter.
• Fertilize after flowering every 2-3 weeks with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.
• Move the amaryllis outside during the summer months, but continue to fertilize
and water regularly. It is best to place it in a very light shade location so the
foliage is not scalded by the sun.
• Stop watering at the end of summer and allow it to dry out and go dormant for at
least 2-3 months before repotting. Place the pot in a cool (50-60⁰,) dark location.
• After 2-3 months, replace about an inch of the old soil with fresh potting mix and
care for the bulb as instructed above.
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