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How-To: Pot an Amaryllis

The savvy experts over at Gardeners recently posted an article showing their fans and customers how to pot an amaryllis. If you want to introduce some beautiful color into your Winter home, try potting amaryllis bulbs.

All you'll need is an amaryllis bulb, fresh potting soil, and a heavy pot with a drainage hole. Find out the steps when you read more.


Here's How to Do It

  1. Use a pot that's large enough to accommodate the bulb, with a drainage hole. The pot should be at least one inch wider than the diameter of the bulb. Since amaryllis are top heavy, a heavy pot, which will offset the flower's weight, is best.
  2. Moisten the potting soil before putting it in the pot, which will make it easier to get the bulb positioned in the pot. Then, fill the pot with potting soil.
  3. When you place the bulb in the soil, leave the top third above the soil's surface. Pack the soil around the bulb, and leave about an inch of rim on the inside of the pot, so tit will not overflow when watered.
  4. When the amaryllis bulb is potted, set in a cooler place in your house, that is bright. You don't need direct sunlight. Water intermittently until there is about two inches of new growth. Then, water the plant regularly and turn the pot to encourage the stalk to grow straight. Buds will appear and blooms will begin to open within five to eight weeks. To prolong the blooms, keep the pot away from heat and direct sunlight.


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