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How to Pot an Amaryllis Bulb

Watch how to get your amaryllis off to a great start

By David Grist, Former Employee-Owner

Place the pot in a relatively cool, bright location. Direct sunlight is not essential. Water sparingly until you see about 2" of new growth. In some cases, the flower stalk appears first; sometimes it's the strappy leaves. Either way is fine. Once the plant is in active growth, water regularly and turn the pot periodically to encourage the stalk to grow straight. Buds will appear and blooms will begin to open within five to eight weeks. To prolong the blooms, keep the pot away from heat and direct sunlight. Sometimes the long flower stems benefit from a little extra support. An amaryllis support stake does the job nicely.


When Will It Bloom?

It depends. In general, it takes five to eight weeks for amaryllis to bloom, but this timing depends on many factors, including the type of amaryllis, air temperature, and how long the bulb has been dormant, among others.

Amaryllis bloom chart

Planting date Bloom timeframe
Dec. 1 Jan. 7-28
Dec. 15 Jan. 19-Feb. 9
Jan. 1 Feb. 6-26
Jan. 15 Feb. 19-March 12
Feb. 1 March 8-29
Feb. 15 April 5-26
Amaryllis in bloom
Amaryllis are easy to plant and easy to care for, and will reward you with spectactular blooms.

Last updated: 11/15/19


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