How to: Plant amaryllis

Little beats the exotic extravagance of amaryllis – their beautiful blooms make a bold statement and create a real focal point in any room. They’re available in lots of colours, so you’re bound to find one that will look great in your home, and some varieties are so unusual you’d be forgiven for thinking they’re not real. Best of all, amaryllis are really easy to grow – just plant the bulbs using this easy guide and wait for the flowers to appear. It really is that simple. And why not give a bulb as a gift? Amaryllis make the perfect present, which is ideal if you want treat a friend or loved one. They’re also just the things for brightening up a home at Christmas time.  

What you'll need:

  • Amaryllis bulb
  • Decorative flower pot and saucer
  • Multi-purpose compost
  • Houseplant watering can

Step 1
Soak the base of the bulb and its roots in water – this will give the bulb a kick-star and encourage it to start growing. Make sure the water isn’t too cold and leave the bulb in soak for a few hours.

Step 2
Add compost to you pot until it’s about half full, breaking up any large clumps with your hands.

Step 3
Position the bulb in the pot so its roots are in contact with the compost. The top of the bulb should be slightly higher than the rim of the pot.

Step 4
Fill the gaps around the bulb with more compost, firming it in place with your fingers.

Step 5
Water the bulb well, and never let the compost dry out – especially as it begins to grow.

Step 6
Place the pot in a cool, light spot – a windowsill is ideal – and wait for it to sprout, put on growth and flower.


Top tip:

Plant several amaryllis in one large bowl – it’s a great way to create a display that’s full of impact

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