Ornamental plant of the Amaryllidaceae family, Amaryllis is a beautiful bulbous plant, prized for its particularly fast flowering. Always sumptuously coloured, this ornamental plant is ideal for growing in containers and for the creation of beautiful flower beds or flowered walkways in spring and summer. Very popular with amateur gardeners, Amaryllis is ranked as one of the easiest tuberous plants to grow.

When Amaryllis is mentioned, it usually evokes their beautiful red inflorescences that stand out from their soft green stems and draw attention with their bright vivid colour.  Although this variety of Amaryllis is presently the most widely grown, you can opt for the cultivation of many other varieties, all of which are as original. Consequently, in order to vary the pleasures and get an astonishing result, remember to match the different shades of amaryllis available in garden centres by planting several varieties of different colours. Thus, more colourful flower beds and walkways will contribute to an overall exotic atmosphere. Therefore prefer the combination of ‘Susan’, ‘Lemon-Lime’ and ‘Apricot Beauty’ Amaryllis varieties, which you can always match with the much more common traditional red varieties. Native to tropical regions, Amaryllis is an ornamental plant that always brings a lot of warmth and cheerfulness to the place where it is cultivated. Very easy to plant and maintain, those wishing to grow it should keep in mind that it does not present any particular challenge in terms of cultivation.

How to plant Amaryllis?

Amaryllis being a tuberous plant, purchasing it as bulbs would be appropriate, given that each of these bulbs will yield three to four closely-spaced inflorescences.  It is in early fall or spring that you can proceed to install your bulbs on rich and draining ground. On top of that, the substrate will need to be amended with potting soil and the bulb will be well-covered with earth after planting. For the roots to resume growth with ease, make sure that during the first days the plant can develop in a warm and well-lit room, until the appearance of the first few stems. As soon as it is strong enough, place your young Amaryllis seedling in the room of your choice, always giving preference to sunny locations.

How to maintain Amaryllis?

Only water sparingly your young amaryllis seedling throughout the period of vegetative growth that will precede the appearance of the first flowers. When the flowers open, you can make moderate water supplies, obviously avoiding to drench the roots. After flowering, it is important not to keep the dead inflorescences and to remove them from time to time. However, the bulbs may be used for the following season to obtain a new flowering. Thus, all you will need to do is divide the bulbs after the flowers have faded and lant them in a rich substrate the following season. This will allow them to produce new stems and inflorescences.

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Published in Indoor bulbs by Alexander on 30 Aug 2011