- Soak the dry roots (not the bulb) in lukewarm water for about 45mins. Make sure to cut off any damaged roots before potting.
- Fill the base of your pot (at least 20cm) with multi-purpose compost, covering the drainage hole.
- Feed the roots into the pot, spreading them out onto the compost and fill in around them with more compost.
- Bury the bottom half of the bulb, so that it is secure in the pot. Water sparingly.
- Stand the pot in a well-lit position and keep the compost moist, but do not over water.
Tip - Amaryllis are great for the windowsill! Remember to turn the pot regularly to prevent the stems bending.
- Once your amaryllis flowers have faded, cut the whole stem off as close to the base as possible.
- Water and feed them with a balanced fertiliser every few weeks to help build up strength for next year.
- Make sure to give them plenty of light, as this helps the leaves generate energy.
- To help encourage them to flower next year cut any old foliage back to the neck of the bulb. Move them into a warm position and continue to water them.
RE-POTTING AMARYLLIS BULBS:
- After every two to three years it’s a good idea to re-pot amaryllis bulbs for continued good displays.
- Amaryllis tend to grow best in small pots, so don’t be tempted to re-pot into a larger pot.
- After flowering, remove the bulbs from the compost and gently remove the compost around the roots. Then refill your pot with fresh compost and replant the bulb.