All About Amaryllis

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Posted on 11/09/2021

The Origin of the Amaryllis

Amaryllis (or Hippeastrum) isn't just a plant, it's a holiday unwrapping ready to be experienced. Native to South America, , this genus presents a magnificent interplay of seasons. While we're cocooning in our winter jackets in the northern hemisphere, the southern hemisphere basks in summer warmth – and this is when the Amaryllis revels in its bloom. What's magical is how this cycle turns around when gifted in the north. It bursts into life during our chilly winters, providing a colorful reprieve from the monotonous grey outside. The Amaryllis is one of the only naturally winter-blooming plants, which gives reason for it’s popularity around the holidays. Other holiday gift plants, like hydrangeas and hyacinths are forced to bloom during the winter months, and therefore require a little more attention than the real thing.

Why Amaryllis Shines Bright in the Holiday Season

While many plants are painstakingly forced to bloom during the winters, Amaryllis is a natural winter bloomer. This ease of blooming paired with its resplendent flowers ranging from pristine whites to passionate reds and enigmatic purples make it a top contender for the holiday season's favorite plant.

Not just for its blooms, but Amaryllis' tall, slender evergreen leaves add a touch of year-round freshness. It's like having a slice of the tropical south in the comfort of your home. Imagine gifting a loved one a beacon of hope and color during the white winters. That's Amaryllis for you!

The Amaryllis is a tropical plant that produces large blooms ranging in color from white to red to deep purple. The bulbs are generally large and fleshy, and are some of the easiest and most carefree bulbs out there. The bulbs produce tall, slender leaves that are evergreen, and perfect for year-round color.

The Hippeastrum genus is usually grown indoors, and is one of the most popular winter-blooming bulbs. Amaryllis’s popularity has flourished in the last few years, and they are now one of the top Christmas gift plants. Who wouldn’t want to receive one of these colorful blooms in the midst of the lifeless winter months?


Different Types of Amaryllis

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Caring for Your Holiday Star: Amaryllis

Perfect Spot

Place your amaryllis bulb or bulb garden in direct sunlight with temperatures around 65-75 °F for optimal growth. Moving it to a cooler spot (55-65°F) at night ensures the blooms last longer.

Watering Wisdom

After the initial watering, touch the soil weekly. If it feels dry, water sparingly. As growth sprouts, feed the bulb with a 20-20-20 water-soluble fertilizer every two weeks. Remember, waxed amaryllis bulbs are self-sufficient and need no water.

The Encore

Want your amaryllis to bloom again? Post blooming, cut back the stalk but let the foliage grow. Regular feeding and watering, followed by a dormant phase in a cool, dark place, will prep it for a re-blooming spectacle. Note: Waxed Amaryllis bulbs are one-time blooming wonders.

The Leaf Mystery

If your amaryllis sprouts leaves before flowers, don't worry! It's just a quirky trait of some bulbs. With the right care, the flowers will soon follow.

Support Act

Our specially crafted amaryllis stakes help your plant stand tall and proud, ensuring it remains the center of attention throughout its blooming phase.

This holiday season spread joy with amaryllis gifts. Let its colorful, long-lasting, and vibrant blooms remind you and your loved ones of the springtime warmth and color that awaits in the garden. Gift an amaryllis bulb garden, a mixed bulb garden, or waxed amaryllis to express your wishes of hope, good tidings, and beauty.


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