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How to Grow or Regrow Amaryllis

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Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) is native to tropical areas of South America so it needs warm conditions for good health and proper growth. Because it's a tender bulb in needs temperatures that are over 70ºF for at least 9 months of the year. It then requires about 3 months of cool (between 40º and 50ºF), dry storage or growing conditions to promote next year's flower development.

Growing Indoors

Planting: Amaryllis need to be planted in a potting medium that is well drained with a pH of 6 to 6.5.  Be certain that it doesn't contain pine bark because it has low acidity.  A good mixture for the bulb is an equal mixture of peat and perlite or two parts of loam soil to one part of perlite and one part of organic matter like manure, rotted leaf mold or peat.  Use a container with drainage holes and one that is at least 6" deep and at least 2" of space between the bulb and the side of the container.  Plant it so 1/3 of the bulb is above the soil. Press soil down firmly and water thoroughly with lukewarm water. Never over water, keep just moist so as to prevent rot and avoid watering the bulb top.

Care: Keep temperatures between 70 and 75ºF until bulb is established and anything from 65 to 75ºF after that. When it is blooming, the coolest area of the house. They need bright, indirect light a southern exposure is best as long as the flower is out of direct sun.  Cool temperatures and indirect light helps prolong the life of the bloom.  Don't forget to fertilize if you want your amaryllis to rebloom next year. The greens of today are producing the food for tomorrow. Use a complete nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium slow release fertilizer that lasts several months or you can use a balanced liquid about every 10 days.

Removing the Flower -- When flowering is finished, cut the stem off about 2 inches above the bulb and allow foliage to continue growing so it can continue to make food for the following holidays. 

Planting Outdoors 

Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) can be grown outdoors in Hardiness Zones 8 to 10. If you live in colder zones, sink the plant, pot and all into the ground after all danger of frost has passed.  Allow it to continue to grow in full sun and fertilize it ever 10 to 15 days.  When night time temperatures drop to below 55ºF bring the plant indoors again and begin cool temperature conditioning by placing the plant in cool storage or cool growth as explained above. 


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