How to plant Amaryllis (Hippeastrum)


Amaryllis (or Hippeastrum) are tender bulbs and must be kept away from frost. They are best grown indoors and will produce an impressive display of flowers during winter.

— Between October and December, plant your bulb into a pot which allows around 3cm of space around the circumference of the bulb. The pot should have a drainage hole at the bottom and a tray underneath so draining water doesn’t spoil your surfaces.

— Add multipurpose compost to the bottom of the pot until it is the right level for the bulb to be positioned so that the neck is exposed above the rim. Position the bulb on this layer of compost and fill around the sides of the bulb with more multipurpose compost, firming down as you go so that the bulb is secure. The compost should be up to the neck of the bulb but no higher.

— Water-in after planting and continue to water whenever the soil looks dry.

— Position the pot in a warm, bright part of your home.

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Gracy's tips: Amaryllis

"Hippeastrum's primary requirement is a well-drained growing medium. Although the red Amaryllis is the iconic choice, gardeners can enjoy these aristocratic plants in a range of rare and unusual colours."

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