Position – Full sun or part shade
Soil – Well-drained
Flowering Period – Winter
Hardiness – Tender
Amaryllis are tender, deciduous bulbs with thick strap-shaped leaves and large trumpet-shaped flowers that flourish with dramatic effect from winter to early spring. As they are tender, they should be kept indoors. They are best suited to pots and containers, positioned in a conservatory where they are kept in a light and airy environment. You should expect to see your plants grow to an approximate height and spread 0f 30cm (12”).
Amaryllis should be planted in well-drained soil of sand, clay, loam or chalk within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. It is recommended to amend your soil with equal parts of well-rotted manure, sand and leaf mould. You should plant your bulb with the tip facing upward, with the point just above soil level. Plant firmly and compactly to secure into position and water well. It is best positioned in an area of full sun or part shade.
Once Amaryllis are in flower you will need to keep it in a cool and light position to enhance and lengthen the flowering period. Continue to water Amaryllis thoroughly to keep the soil moist taking care not to overwater. As your Amaryllis fade, remove the flower head at the top of the stalk. Feeding and watering needs to continue during active growth, especially if you wish to encourage repeat performance year after year until the leaves turn yellow in summer. During its dormancy, store your bulb in a dark and cool position.
It is possible to propagate Amaryllis by seed. Fresh seeds should be sown in compost with a mixture of sand or grit. Start these off in small pots, increasing the size as they grow whilst retaining a warm temperature.
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