When you think of an amaryllis flower, the first image that comes to mind may be the classic 'Red Lion' bloom. This flower is usually sold as part of a popular holiday gift kit. It's popularity stems from the fact that this bulb is very easy to grow and will definitely add that burst of color we all long for during the winter months.
You might notice most stores selling amaryllis bulbs before the holidays. That doesn't mean you can't purchase bulbs after the decorations get put away! I actually encourage it!
You will get a great deal, and there is no rule you can't keep amaryllis flowers blooming until the summer months! Just as you sow seeds in succession for a consistent crop of lettuce in your vegetable garden, you can apply this same idea to bulbs! It's fun to think outside the box.
Along with that striking classic red, there are so many other beautiful colors to choose from. You can also find blooms featuring different patterns and petal shapes.
Right now, websites like Longfield Gardens are offering great deals on indoor bulbs. They are offering 40% off amaryllis flowers. Now that's a pretty great deal! While you are shopping for those gorgeous bulbs you can't wait to plant later on this spring, you can always add in a few amaryllis bulbs too.
I really love to enjoy amaryllis blooms on holidays, and I'm not just talking Christmas. I'm looking forward to my amaryllis 'Lagoon' blooming this Valentine's Day. It's already starting to open now! Amaryllis plants take 6 to 8 weeks to bloom. I made sure to plant mine on December 20th to give it enough time. You can also time them out to bloom on a birthday or an anniversary. Here are other fun dates I am planning for blooms this year:
If You Want Easter Blooms: Plant February 14-18th
If You Want Earth Day Blooms: Plant March 4-8th
If You Want Mother's Day Blooms: Plant on March 18-22nd
*Hint* How long your bulb will take to bloom may vary by cultivator. Make sure you check the tag on the plant you purchase for specific timing instructions.
Above is a photograph of my amaryllis 'Sweet Nymph' that is blooming right now. I've also planted the similar 'Nymph' variety earlier this week to bloom during the first week of spring!
When you force different bulbs indoors like amaryllis, you can think outside of the box when it comes to containers. Perhaps you are a thrifter who loves frequenting antique stores. You can start your bulbs in fancy trays, vintage bowls or even ice buckets. As long as they have the proper drainage created, room to grow and a depth of at least 7" you are ready to plant.
*Hint* If you are looking to make a container water-tight, just wrap the insides with some Press N Seal plastic wrap. This is an easy and budget friendly hack every indoor gardener should try!
Here is an Amaryllis 'Nymph' bulb planted in a vintage champagne ice bucket. I like to group together a collection of either 3 or 6 bulbs. They will all be nestled in containers with varying height that share a similar color or texture. I like to cover the soil with moss and whatever decor fits the season. You can really make it your own creation!
Amaryllis flowers are so versatile. They really do come in all different shapes, sizes and colors. So don't be afraid to experiment!
If you are looking for a quick yet comprehensive guide on how to grow them, check out Longfield Garden's post: All About Amaryllis.
Have you grown any unique amaryllis varieties? Do you have any tips and tricks of your own? Tell me all about it in the comment section below! Happy growing everyone!