How to Grow & Care for Amaryllis Flowers

Amaryllis are stunning flowers that can add a splash of colors to your indoor space. You can also offer their cuttings as holiday gifts to a loved one. Whether you are new in gardening or experienced, amaryllis plants are easy to grow and care for. They start growing as bulbs before their long flowering stems reward you with showy flowers. So, how can you add these fascinating plants to your home garden? Read on to learn more.

Types of Amaryllis Flowers

There are different varieties of amaryllis flowers that you can plant at home. Here are some of the best species to try;

Amaryllis ‘Apple Blossom’

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Apple blossom is one of the popular amaryllis varieties you can find in most indoor plants nurseries. This variety rewards you with soft pink and white showy flowers with lime green throats. The funnel-shaped flowers from this variety can be 7 inches wide. This variety will take about 8 weeks to start blooming after planting, and it can grow to about 26 inches tall.

Amaryllis ‘Monaco’

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The amaryllis ‘Monaco’ is arguably the brightest and most fiery red flower in the amaryllis species. The red star-shaped flowers have a white throat with a touch of green at the center, making the flowers eye-catching. The color effects of the huge and flaming red flowers can make a cold room feel warm instantly. This variety blooms during winter, and it can grow to about 20 inches tall.

Amaryllis ‘Samba’

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This variety will take your breath away with its large, red, ruffled flowers that have white stars at the center and white margins. With this species, the flowers do not bloom at once; this allows you to enjoy flowery plants for a long time. They bloom from late spring to early winter. Amaryllis samba is suitable for borders and patios when not growing them indoors. It can averagely grow to about 20 inches tall.

Amaryllis ‘Temptation’

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The ‘temptation’ species has the most complicated patterns among the amaryllis varieties. It has 7-inch white trumpet flowers with red edges that have crimson stripes and speckles on every petal, as well as a red throat. Each time you look at the blooms, you see a different color pattern making this variety unique. Amaryllis temptation can grow to up to 2 feet.

Amaryllis ‘Dancing Queen’

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This double amaryllis variety bears lots of petals, making its florets look extra full. The double amaryllis species bloom a little earlier than the single amaryllis varieties. So, if you are an impatient gardener, consider the double amaryllis species such as the dancing queen; it won’t take you long to witness its flowering. This stunning flower has red-and-white-striped petals.

Amaryllis Care and Maintenance

Once you grow amaryllis from their bulbs, they are easy to care for and maintain. Ensure you place them in a warm and sunny spot in your house. They love moist soil; ensure you water them weekly. To ensure their stems remain straight, rotate your planting containers occasionally.

Propagating Amaryllis Plants

You can propagate amaryllis by seed, offsets, or cuttings. Propagating amaryllis by seeds may not precisely produce a plant similar to the parent plant. Additionally, seed propagation leads to slow maturity and delay in flowering. Plant the bulbs (offsets) directly into the soil (peat and sand mixture) for the best results. The right time to cut the bulbs from the parent plant is from August to November.

Amaryllis Plants Growing Conditions

Light

Amaryllis thrives in partial shade and they can reasonably tolerate direct sunlight. Even so, avoid too much sunlight as it can cause leaf burn. Similarly, avoid too much shade as it can limit their flowering.

Soil

Amaryllis bulbs love well-draining soil. You can improve your soil-draining abilities by mixing peat or compost or making raised beds. You can also add sand to your planting soil to improve its drainage.

Amaryllis Pests and Diseases

Amaryllis plants are susceptible to nematodes that feed on their roots, causing decomposition of the basal plate. Other pests that can attack amaryllis include;

  • Aphids
  • Mealybugs
  • Bulb mites
  • Spider mites

Inspect your amaryllis plants regularly to ensure they’re free from pests. In an infestation, learn how to get rid of mealybugs, aphids, and other problems.

Conclusion

Amaryllis are stunning flowers that come in different varieties you can grow at home. Any of the types or a combination of several of them as discussed above can be a great addition to your home garden. For more gardening tips, subscribe to our blog today! 

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