If you have an amaryllis bulb, start preparing it in September or October to have blooms in time for winter. The amaryllis is an indoor winter-blooming flower with big, showy flowers. Because it's a bulb, it needs a cold, dormant period before planting to prompt it to bloom.
In September or October:
- Remove your amaryllis from the soil and place it in a cool, dark location for at least 6 weeks. You can place it in the fridge as long as you don't keep apples in there - apples give off gases that will sterilize the bulb.
About 8 weeks before you want the amaryllis to bloom:
- Remove the amaryllis from cold storage and plant it in a loose planting medium with good drainage.
- Water the bulb once thoroughly, then don't water again until green growth appears or if the soil dries out.
- Once green growth appears, water no more than once per week and only if the top inch of soil is dry. In several weeks, you'll have beautiful winter blooms.
- You can remove the flowers, but leave the leaves intact. They'll store up energy for the bulb to bloom next year.
- Care for as a houseplant for the rest of the year. Place in a sunny location and water when dry.
Check back in December or January to see the blooms!