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How to grow amaryllis from bulbs

Growing amaryllis from bulbs is a straightforward and enjoyable process. Here’s how you can do it:

Materials Needed:

  • Amaryllis bulbs
  • Pot (preferably with drainage holes)
  • Potting soil (well-draining mix)
  • Water
  • Fertilizer (optional)


  1. Choosing a Pot: Select a pot that is just a few inches wider than the bulb. A snug pot helps the plant grow better.
  2. Preparing the Soil: Use a well-draining potting soil. Amaryllis bulbs do not like to sit in water, so good drainage is essential.
  3. Planting the Bulb:
    • Put some soil in the bottom of the pot.
    • Place the bulb in the pot with the pointed end up.
    • Fill the pot with soil around the bulb, leaving the top third of the bulb exposed above the soil.
  4. Watering: After planting, water the soil thoroughly. Then, water sparingly until growth begins. Keep the soil lightly moist but not soggy.
  5. Location and Light: Place the pot in a warm location with indirect sunlight. Once growth starts, move the pot to a sunnier spot.
  6. Growth and Care:
    • As the plant grows, rotate the pot occasionally to ensure even growth.
    • Water regularly, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings.
    • You can use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every few weeks to encourage growth.
  7. Blooming: Amaryllis typically bloom about 6-8 weeks after planting. The flowers can last for several weeks.
  8. Aftercare:
    • After the flowers fade, cut off the flower stalk but leave the leaves to continue growing.
    • Continue to water and fertilize the plant.
    • Once the leaves start to yellow, reduce watering and allow the bulb to go dormant.
    • Store the bulb in a cool, dry place for a few months before starting the cycle again.

By following these steps, you can successfully grow and enjoy beautiful amaryllis flowers from bulbs.