Amaryllis Bulb (Amaranthus tuberosus) is one of the most popular ornamental plants in the world. It grows wild all over the world and it’s very easy to grow indoors too. Amaryllis bulbs are not only beautiful but they’re useful too! They make great houseplants and they provide good shade during hot summer days.
The beauty of amaryllis is its bright colors. Some varieties have white flowers while others have pink or red ones. You may notice that some varieties have different shades of green and blue tones. All these colors are attractive to look at and they add interest to your home.
How To Grow Amaryllis Bulbs?
There are many ways to grow amaryllis bulbs. Some of them include:
Growing Amaryllis Bulbs Indoors In A Pot Or Container: Growing amaryllis in pots or containers is probably the easiest way to get started with growing amaryllis. However, it requires more attention than other types of indoor plants because you need to keep the soil moist so that the roots don’t rot out from under you.
Choose a big enough flower pot so that amaryllis has room to grow. You should be able to add several bulbs at a time because sometimes the bulbs can flower years apart from each other.
After you’ve chosen the right pot, you need to prepare the soil. You should use a good quality topsoil or potting soil mixed with one part coarse sand and one part peat moss. If you’re planting several bulbs at the same time, make sure that you space them at least five inches apart from each other.
After you’ve added the soil to the pot, press it down firmly and then make little trenches in the soil with your finger. This helps improve drainage around each bulb so that they don’t get water logged and rot.
Finally add water to the pot and let it soak in. Now you’re ready to plant the bulb. The ideal time to plant amaryllis is in the fall however, you can also plant them in the early spring.
If you’re planting your bulbs in the fall then you need to be sure and bring them indoors before the first frost.
Place each bulb upside down (with the growing point facing down) and gently add soil around it and pack it down firmly but not too hard because you don’t want to damage the bulb.
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