Cultivating Beautiful Amaryllis Flowers with Ease
Hippeastrum, affectionately known as amaryllis, ranks among the world's most cherished potted plants, and it's not difficult to see why. This true bulb is both quick and easy to grow, making it as endearing as it is captivating. With warmer spring weather gracing most parts of South Africa, the rising temperatures signal the bulbs' awakening from dormancy, marking an exhilarating time for growers. Just six weeks after planting, you'll be rewarded with a breathtaking display of flowers. If you haven't embarked on this journey yet, it's time to start your summer love affair with amaryllis.
The predictable blooming time is a godsend for those planning to use them as centerpieces for parties or events, or even as thoughtful gifts. While many cultivate them to bloom on Christmas Day, hence their alternate name 'Christmas flower,' you can easily adjust the planting date for any occasion by counting six weeks backward.
All Hippeastrum (amaryllis) varieties are ideal for pot cultivation, making it possible for anyone, whether you have a spacious garden or a cozy studio apartment, to successfully nurture these magnificent plants. So, the question remains, will it be a garden bed or a charming pot? Once you've made your choice, finding the perfect spot for these sun-loving beauties is next. While they can tolerate semi-shade, remember that in such conditions, the stems may stretch. Begin by positioning the bulb's neck just above the soil level, ensuring that the soil provides good drainage.
Growing amaryllis is a breeze because they adapt well to a range of soils, from heavy loam to light sand. So, when we say they are easy to grow, we genuinely mean it's a piece of cake! If you opt for garden beds, loosen the soil to about 30cm before planting. The amaryllis flowers are so impressive that even a single bulb in a pot creates a striking statement. However, if you wish to grow more than one, it's recommended to plant them in groups of three, spacing each bulb 10cm apart. To stimulate root development, provide a generous watering after planting. After this initial watering, allow the roots to settle for ten days. Once this waiting period is over, water every two to three days in pots (remember to empty the saucer 30 minutes after watering) and every three to four days when they're in the ground. Despite the beauty they offer, amaryllis flowers deserve some care in return. After they have flowered feed them weekly with Hadeco Bulb Food until they enter dormancy.
Alternatively, you can opt for a super-simplified way to grow amaryllis – hydroponically! This method yields a remarkable gift or a stunning centerpiece, and it's so straightforward you could almost do it with one eye closed.
How to Grow Hydroponic Amaryllis
- Glass vessel
- Pebbles or stones
- Chrysal Cut Flower Food
- Add pebbles or stones to your chosen glass vessel.
- Add water, ensuring it does not touch the base.
- Place your amaryllis bulbs on top of the stones or pebbles.
- Amaryllis is a summer bulb, so position it in a warm spot with indirect sunlight.
- Monitor the water level, topping it up as needed.
- Bring your display indoors as it approaches blooming.
- Use Chrysal Cut Flower Food to maintain fresh water.
Embrace every festive occasion as a romantic affair and infuse life into every party and table setting with homegrown amaryllis.