Written by Debby Walters | January 30, 2017 |
Amaryllis flowers are colorful in the middle of winter making them popular plants for the Christmas season. When the flower has faded, cut the flower stalk off. Repot your amaryllis into a pot that has a hole for drainage. Plant the bulb so that the top one third of the bulb is above the soil line. Water lightly and place in a warm, light location. When you are past your last frost, plant the bulb into the garden. You can keep the bulb in a container. When early fall arrives, the upper leaves turn brown and the bulb can be repotted to bring inside. Trim all the leaves off the bulb and place into a cool location for a few weeks to keep it dormant. By October you can bring the plant out of dormancy to start growing again and produce the flower for your winter holiday table. If you prefer, you can keep the bulb cool and dry for the whole winter and replant next spring, after the danger of frost has passed, and wait for it to produce an early summer flower.