Trees, Shrubs & Landscaping
How to Care for Amaryllis
Enjoy big blooms year after year
When the Bloom Is Gone
After your amaryllis flowers fade, worry not. Just cut the flower stem off near the neck of the bulb. Be careful not to injure the leaves or any emerging flower stalks. The leaves are needed to replenish the bulb so it can bloom again next year. Water it enough to keep the soil moist, and feed it with Miracle-Gro® Indoor Plant Food every 7-14 days. Keep your amaryllis in the sunniest spot you can find in your house. More sun will mean bigger blooms later.
Move Outdoors in Spring if You'd LIke
Once the outside temperatures stay above 50 degrees at night, you've got the option of bringing your amaryllis into the garden. These plants love sun, so place it in a sunny spot. Be sure to keep it well fed and watered to help it produce more leaves. This is when your bulb is storing up energy to produce more flowers, and healthier bulbs mean more flower stems and more blooms per stem. Make sure you bring your amaryllis back indoors in late summer before the first frost.
Timing Your Blooms
This is a tropical plant, and its flowering is controlled primarily by moisture. In late summer, bring your amaryllis back inside and place it in a sunny spot. Stop watering and feeding. When the leaves turn yellow, cut them off, then move the plant to a cool, dark place with temperatures of 55-60 degrees. The bulb will need at least 8-10 weeks of rest. After the rest period, move it to a warm, sunny spot and water thoroughly. In 8-10 weeks, it should be in bloom. So, if you want your amaryllis in flower for Christmas, its rest period should start in early September and moved to a warm, sunny spot in late October.