Amaryllis flowers

How to force amaryllis bulbs for Christmas

Find out how to force amaryllis bulbs for a wonderful Christmas display.

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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At its best
At its best

Plant is at its best in January

Plant is at its best in February

Plant is at its best in March

Plant is at its best in April

Plant is at its best in May

Plant is not at its best in June

Plant is not at its best in July

Plant is not at its best in August

Plant is not at its best in September

Plant is not at its best in October

Plant is not at its best in November

Plant is at its best in December

To do
To do

Do To do in January

Do To do in February

Do not To do in March

Do not To do in April

Do not To do in May

Do not To do in June

Do not To do in July

Do not To do in August

Do To do in September

Do To do in October

Do To do in November

Do To do in December

The flamboyant blooms of amaryllis (Hippeastrum) are a stunning sight that’s all the more welcome in the depths of winter and early spring. They’re easy to grow, and take between six to eight weeks to flower. Planted in mid- to late September, they should be in flower for Christmas.

Like many bulbs, including lilies, all parts of amaryllis are poisonous to cats and dogs, so it’s a good idea to grow them in areas they can’t reach.

For a particularly spectacular show, try ‘White Dazzler’ (white), ‘Red Lion’ (red) and ‘Apple Blossom’ (pink).

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You Will Need

  • Amaryllis bulb
  • Multi-purpose, peat-free compost
  • 20cm diameter pot
  • Pot, for soaking

Total time:

Step 1

Soaking amaryllis bulbs
Soaking amaryllis bulbs

Soak the amaryllis bulbs for a few hours to help reydrate the roots and speed up the growth process.

Step 2

Planting amaryllis bulb
Planting amaryllis bulb

Fill a pot with compost and sit the bulb on top. Don’t use a pot that’s too big: amaryllis like being pot bound.

Step 3

Potting up amaryllis
Potting up amaryllis

Top up with compost and water in. Leave in a warm, dark place for a couple of weeks and don’t water further.

Step 4

Amaryllis shoot
Amaryllis shoot

When a shoot emerges, bring inside to a warm, light spot and water regularly. Expect flowers in six to eight weeks.

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