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How to care for an amaryllis and let it bloom

Amaryllis care (botanical name is Hippeastrum)

Do you want to care of an amaryllis? Read all our tips below for optimal care of your amaryllis. After planting, the amaryllis bulb will flower on average 7 to 10 weeks later, depending on the temperature. The main thing is a warm and bright place.

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All steps for taking care of your amaryllis at a glance:

  1. Planting an amaryllis
  2. Placement of an amaryllis
  3. Watering an amaryllis
  4. Feeding an amaryllis
  5. Letting an amaryllis flower and get it back into bloom
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Step 1. Planting an amaryllis

  1. Your amaryllis bulb can be planted immediately.
  2. If you'd like to plant your bulb later, make sure to keep it somewhere cool, between 5 and 12 ° C to prevent premature sprouting.
  3. Before planting, it is best to place the bulb with its roots in water to soak for half a day, this will make it easier for the bulb to grow new roots.
  4. Use ordinary potting soil for houseplants and a sturdy and stable pot that can support the weight of the stem and the flowers.
  5. Plant the bulb with about 2/3 of the bulb in the soil; the neck of the bulb should remain above the earth.
  6. Potting soil straight from the bag is usually moist enough for your bulb, as long as there are no leaves and flower stalks yet visible. Do not give the bulb extra water yet.
  7. Because the bulb gradually shrinks to bloom, it is good to press the potting soil down around the bulb occasionally.
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Also watch this video about planting an amaryllis

This video clearly explains how to plant an amaryllis and when to water it for the first time. Tip: turn on the subtitles of the video if necessary. They are available in 3 additional languages.


Step 2. Placement of an amaryllis

An amaryllis likes a light and warm climate between 18 and 25 ° C and can withstand direct sunlight. So a spot right next to a window is perfect.

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Step 3. Watering an amaryllis

  1. After planting, no additional water needs to be given during the first week until the leaves and stem appear. The bulb is now growing new roots so you can gently start giving it water.
  2. Only water your bulb when the top of the soil is dry again. Too much water can make the bulb rot.
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Step 4. Feeding an amaryllis

  1. Until the end of flowering, extra plant nutrition is not necessary because there are enough nutrients in the bulb.
  2. Only after flowering, when the leaves have developed, should you start feeding your amaryllis, if you'd like to make it bloom again.
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Step 5. How to make an Amaryllis bloom again

  1. Depending on the temperature, the amaryllis will bloom after 7 to 10 weeks.
  2. Always remove faded flowers and when all the flowers have died, cut the flower stalk with a sharp knife to 10 cm above the bulb.
  3. Do not discard the bulb after flowering. With good care, the bulb can flower again next year. For that, it needs to strengthen and increase in size.
  4. The bulb can remain in the same pot (option 1) or can be transplanted into a larger pot (option 2), if necessary.
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Option 1: Your amaryllis bulb stays in the same pot

  1. Remove the stem after flowering; but do not cut off the leaves
  2. Leave the bulb at room temperature and water regularly. Do not give the bulb plant food more than once every 6-8 weeks.
  3. The leaves grow after the amaryllis has flowered and ensure that your bulb can grow and that new flower buds are made in the bulb.
  4. Your amaryllis bulb needs a cold period to be able to bloom again. Approximately six months after flowering, the pot with the bulb and leaves can be placed in a cooler place, somewhere with a temperature between 7-15 ° C for at least 8 to 10 weeks.
  5. During the first few weeks of this cool period, occasionally give your bulb some water
  6. At the end of this cool period, remove the remaining leaves and return the pot to room temperature.
  7. Hold off watering the bulb until the new leaves and flower stems emerge.
  8. After 7 to 10 weeks, depending on the temperature, the amaryllis will bloom again.
  9. Bulbs that are not transplanted into a different or larger pot have longer stems!

Option 2: Your amaryllis bulb is planted in another (larger) pot

  1. Remove the stems after flowering; but do not cut off the leaves
  2. Leave the bulb at room temperature and water regularly. Do not give the bulb plant food more than once every 6-8 weeks.
  3. The leaves grow after the amaryllis has flowered and ensure that your bulb can grow and new flower buds are made in the bulb.
  4. Remove the bulb from the pot about 6 months after the last flowering and cut the leaves about 5 cm above the bulb.
  5. Keep the bulb in a warm, dry place for 2 weeks so that the cut can dry properly.
  6. Clean the roots and remove old roots, young side bulbs (clusters) and old side bulbs.
  7. Then store the bulb in a cool place between 7 and 15 ° C
  8. After a cool period of 8 to 10 weeks, the bulb can be planted again.
  9. After 7 to 10 weeks, depending on the temperature, the amaryllis will bloom again.
  10. You can also plant the bulb with side bulbs (clusters) in its entirety in a larger pot. These clusters will become full-bodied bulbs and will also bloom.

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