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Force Amaryllis Bulbs to Bloom

Force Amaryllis Bulbs to Bloom
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amaryllis_windowAdd a little color and beauty to your surroundings this winter by forcing amaryllis bulbs to bloom. A holiday tradition and stunning centerpiece, amaryllis flowers come in fiery red, creamy white and pink. The pink flowers are a cross between red and white plants and sometimes bloom with faint red and white streaks or blotches, that can add visual interest.

Choose the area you wish to display your amaryllis plant ahead of time and go with the flower color that will look best with the colors and tones of the room before purchasing bulbs. You may want to choose a display container ahead of time as well, although a simple plant pot or decorative vase will work just fine.


Credit: Shelley Wigglesworth
Supplies to force amaryllis bulbs to bloom indoors.

Amaryllis Bulb Supplies

Amaryllis bulb or bulbs
A decorative or festive pot or vase slightly larger than the grouping of bulbs
Potting mix
Drainage pebbles
Wooden stake for support

Instructions to Force Amaryllis Bulbs to Bloom

1. Choose healthy bulbs. Bulbs that are firm and still have some roots at the base are the best choice. Avoid withered, wrinkled and spongy bulbs. Florists and garden centers sell bulbs individually and department stores sell amaryllis kits with all the supplies included for growing in a box priced at around $6.99. Note: you may not be able to inspect the bulbs in the kits if the boxes are sealed.

Bulbs that are firm and still have some roots at the base are the best choice.
Credit: Shelley Wigglesworth
Choose amaryllis bulbs that are firm and still have some roots at the base.

2. Line a plant pot or vase with up to two inches of drainage rocks, then fill the container half way with potting mix.

3. Place the bulbs roots down into the soil. Loosely cover the bulbs with a bit more soil, leaving the tops of the bulbs exposed.


Credit: Shelley Wigglesworth
Loosely cover the bulbs with a bit more soil, leaving the tops of the bulbs exposed.

4. Insert a support stick in the container along side the bulb. The flowers of the amaryllis are top heavy and it is best to have the support in place before the plant flowers.

5. Water enough to keep the soil moist.

Please Note: This article was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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