The Complete Guide to Amaryllis Care

(This post was written in collaboration with Gardener’s Supply but all thoughts and opinions are my own.) Are you looking for something easy to grow indoors that blooms? Here is everything you need to know about amaryllis care.

I am SO EXCITED because my amaryllis just arrived from Gardener’s Supply.

Have you grown an amaryllis before? They are really easy care and produce big, gorgeous blooms indoors in about 6-10 weeks after planting.

If you’ve never grown an amaryllis before, they are really fun to grow.

It is a must try!

Here is what you need to know to grow big, beautiful colorful flowers.

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The Complete Guide to Amaryllis Care
Photo by Gardener’s Supply

All About Amaryllis

Amaryllis are huge bulbs that produce gorgeous trumpet shaped flowers.

They add lots of bold color indoors and make great gifts for gardeners of any skill.

Depending on the variety, amaryllis blooms can be either single or double flowering.

And the blooms can be pretty big!

The Complete Guide to Amaryllis Care
Amaryllis make beautiful cut flowers.

What I’m Growing From Gardener’s Supply This Year

I just received some cool amaryllis bulbs from Gardener’s Supply. And I can’t even wait to see these bloom!

Here’s what I’m growing this winter:

  • Scarlet Belle Amaryllis – It’s a double flowering luscious Christmas Red Amaryllis that arrives in it’s own beautiful pot.
  • Velvet Easy Care Waxed Amaryllis – A fun waxed bulb encased in wrapped velvet that can be incorporated with holiday decor. When I took this one out of the box, I have to say it was super cool. And  the best part? It takes care of itself!
  • Waxed Upside Down Amaryllis – This bulb is encased in a waxed coating and arrives ready to hang upside down. It even comes with it’s own hanger!
  • Amaryllis Planting Kit – The kit includes everything needed and explains how easy it is to grow.
The Complete Guide to Amaryllis Care
I also just planted one of these Potted Amaryllis. The blooms look like they will be big don’t they? Photo by Gardener’s Supply.

How to Select Amaryllis Bulbs

Because they are so easy to grow and produce big, gorgeous blooms, amaryllis are a must-have this winter.

Here’s what to look for when purchasing bulbs:

  • Select the largest bulbs available because larger bulbs typically produce more flowers.
  • Avoid bulbs with signs of mold, decay or injury.
  • Bulbs should be firm and dry.

The Complete Guide to Amaryllis Care

Supplies Needed to Grow Amaryllis Indoors

The Complete Guide to Amaryllis Care
The Gardener’s Supply Amaryllis Planting Kit came with everything needed.

How to Plant Amaryllis Bulbs and Their Care

So you’ve got everything you need to plant. Here’s how to grow these gorgeous colorful flowers:

  • Choose a container with drainage holes because good drainage prevents root rot, pest and disease problems. The container’s diameter should be an inch or so wider than the widest part of the bulb and twice as tall as the bulb. And, the container should have a little weight to it to help keep the amaryllis stable while it grows.
The Complete Guide to Amaryllis Care
Since my kit from Gardener’s Supply came with everything needed to plant, I needed to soak the soil pods to create sterile potting mix.
  • Before planting, fill the container halfway with fresh sterile potting soil that is high in organic matter.
Fill the pot halfway, then plant bulb root side down.
  • Plant the amaryllis bulb pointed end up so the roots sit on the potting soil.
  • Back fill with soil until about 1/3 of the bulb is visible.
Backfill with soil until top third of bulb shows.
  • Tamp down on the potting medium surrounding the bulb.
  • Water thoroughly until the soil is moist. Make sure the container drains thoroughly and dump any water sitting in the bottom of the saucer or decorative container.
  • Move the planter to a location where it will receive bright indirect light.
  • Only water when the top 2 inches of soil is dry and make sure the container fully drains. Use this test to determine soil dryness.
  • Consider adding a stake like these to help the flower stalk remain stable while it grows.
The Complete Guide to Amaryllis Care
Photo by Gardener’s Supply

Amaryllis Care After It Flowers

Here are some amaryllis care tips to keep plants happy and healthy after they bloom.

  • When the flowers fade, cut off the blooms to prevent it from going to seed. This encourages the bulb to store energy for future blooms next year. If we don’t cut them off, seed formation depletes energy and reduces blooms.
  • Cut the flower stalk back when it turns yellow. Do not cut it back while still green because it’s still storing energy for future growth and blooms.
  • When it’s done blooming, place in a sunny location so it can continue to grow.
  • Water and fertilize the plant regularly with an all-purpose houseplant plant fertilizer.
  • After the plant dies back, allow the pot to completely dry out.
  • Store in a cool, dark and dry place for at least 8 weeks.
  • Repeat planting and care process with fresh soil and place in indirect light about 6-8 weeks before you want it to bloom.
The Complete Guide to Amaryllis Care
Aren’t the flowers striking on this Scarlet Belle Potted Amaryllis? Photo by Gardener’s Supply.

Amaryllis Bulbs from Gardener’s Supply

What I love about Gardener’s Supply amaryllis bulbs is that each bulbs is big, beautiful AND comes with everything needed to plant.

So even the beginner of beginner gardeners can do this!

To give you an idea how easy it is, here’s a closer look at each bulb received.

The Complete Guide to Amaryllis Care

The Potted Amaryllis arrived ready to go as soon as I opened the box.

The Complete Guide to Amaryllis Care

The Amaryllis Planting Kit provided everything I need to grow this gorgeous flower. And I can’t wait to see it bloom.

The Complete Guide to Amaryllis Care

The Complete Guide to Amaryllis Care

But the coolest ones by far are the two waxed amaryllis I am trying out. This one came with its own hanger. It can be grown upside down. And it will still bloom that way.

I mean, how cool is that???

The Complete Buide to Amaryllis Care

And the other is wrapped in a gorgeous red velvet that looks really festive and fun.

And the most amazing part?

The waxed bulbs need no care!

How easy is that?

Just take it out of the box, place it in indirect light and what for the blooms.

I am going to order a few more of these.

It’s the perfect holiday gift!

The Complete Guide to Amaryllis Care

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