How to grow amaryllis

How to grow amaryllis

Learn how to plant up an amaryllis bulb for a spectacular indoor display.

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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 not at its best in April

Plant is not 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

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Do To do in November

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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.

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You Will Need

  • Amaryllis bulb
  • Multi-purpose, peat-free compost
  • 20cm diameter pot
  • Bowl
  • Water
  • Horticultural grit

Step 1

Planting the amaryllis bulb
Planting the amaryllis bulb

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 peat-free, multi-purpose 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.

Step 2

Filling compost around the amaryllis bulb
Filling compost around the amaryllis bulb

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.

Step 3

Adding grit to the surface of the compost
Adding grit to the surface of the compost

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.

Seedlings. Photo: Getty Images.