• Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) Care Instructions

     

    Plant the bulb in a pot that is big enough to allow 2” between the bulb and the side of the pot use a good all-purpose potting soil.  Place the bulb in the pot so half of the bulb will be covered with the soil, and half rests above the soil, press the soil firmly around the bulb.  Water thoroughly and keep the soil slightly moist until the tip of the flower scape appears.  Once growth has started, place the pot in bright light.  Water as necessary to keep the soil moist, but not wet.

     

    After care:  After blooming, the stem may be cut close to the bulb (keep the leaves.)  By late summer, stop watering completely and the leaves will slowly die away.  In late August bulbs should be placed in a cool dark area about 50 degree F.  After its dormant stage of 8 weeks, bulbs may be moved and placed in sunlight and the planting cycle can be started again.  Begin fertilization after leaves have appeared and the plant is actively growing.  A Bloom Booster or Miracle Grow type of fertilizer is fine; use according to instructions.