Amaryllis is a very dependable, naturalizing perennial bulb in the gulf coast area. Naturalizing means that it comes back each year with little or no attention. They are great as cut flowers, in a pot, or in your garden.
One of my favorite things to do in my garden during the two months before Christmas is to get Amaryllis and Paperwhite Narcissus going for use indoors
and to give as gifts. Many bulbs can be forced to bloom if done correctly and
timed just right, but Paper Whites and Amaryllis are by far the easiest and the
ones most readily associated with the holidays. We have many varieties of
amaryllis bulbs available and you don’t necessarily have to stick with red as all varieties are beautiful and easy to grow.
Amaryllis can be planted in clay pots in much the same way as paperwhites except usually only one bulb is used per pot and soil is substituted as the growing medium. You may wish to insert a tall thin stake at planting time to avoid damaging the roots later on. It is very important to rotate the pot frequently to avoid uneven growth. One of my favorite things to do to my potted amaryllis, whether they are gifts or for myself, is to sprinkle fresh rye grass seed or wheat grass seed onto the soil around the bulb. Usually this us done two to three weeks before your bulb is ready to bloom and makes the planting even more interesting. Timing is everything as it usually takes 6 to 8 weeks for Amaryllis and about 6 weeks for Paperwhites.
Type: Perennial bulb
Blooming Season: late winter – early spring
Color: Red, white, pink, exotic shades of green & peach.
Garden habitat: In a garden or container.
Exposure: Full to part sun. Average watering – the bulbs will rot if over watered.