How to grow amaryllis

Do it:

Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec

Takes just:

15 minutes

At its best:

Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec

The huge bulbs of amaryllis (Hippeastrum) already have the flowerbud inside, so they couldn't be simpler to grow. All you need to do is pot it up, water thoroughly and stand the amaryllis in a well-lit place to enjoy its spectacular blooms.

You will need

  • Amaryllis bulb
  • Bulb fibre or multi-purpose compost
  • Flower pot, large enough to accommodate bulb or, ready-boxed amaryllis kit with pot and compost included
  • Bowl to soak bulb

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Soak the amaryllis bulb and its roots in a bowl of tepid water for a few hours before potting it up. Half fill the pot with  multipurpose compost, breaking up any lumps and lightly firming it in place with your fingers. Set the bulb in place, making sure the top sits just above the pot.

Fill around the bulb with compost and firm gently. Water well and allow the pot to drain. Add more compost around the sides if necessary.

Finish by adding a layer of horticultural grit around the bulb, to keep the compost moist. Position the amaryllis in a well-lit position to grow on.

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Keep your amaryllis in a cool room with plenty of light as this will allow it to develop slowly, maintaining a strong flower shoot and leaves.

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