How-To: Grow a Holiday Amaryllis

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The amaryllis flower is a beautiful holiday houseplant that is low maintenance and easy to grow. With varying colors available – red, pink, white, and shades in between – there is an amaryllis type everyone would enjoy!

Head over to your local garden center and purchase an amaryllis bulb. These bulbs can be small or large (about the size of your fist), but all will grow the same.

We prefer to create a planting environment for amaryllis that is similar to hydroponics. Fill a shallow container with rocks or pebbles. Create a small dip in the rocks and place the bulb in the dip. The bulb’s roots will tangle through the rocks or pebbles and find a water source.

Once the bulb is in place, fill the container with water. Pour the water so that it covers a few millimeters of the bulb’s base. We like to place moss or foliage on top to create a “compost” of sorts. This will help keep moisture in.

Keep an eye on the water line of the container, as the amaryllis grows it will pull moisture from the water source. You will need to add water every few days to keep your amaryllis growing.

Plant a few bulbs in separate containers for a fun and live centerpiece for your holiday or New Year’s dinner party!

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