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Amaryllis
Plant Care Instructions By Julie Bawden-Davis

Tropical plant with large trumpet-shaped, colorful blooms atop 12- to 15-inch stems. Comes in a variety of colors, including red, pink, salmon, coral, white and even striped. Can be grown outdoors, and is also commonly forced indoors for winter bloom. Does best in containers.

Is Indoor Plant?

Yes

These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
USDA Zones :
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  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • Buy

        Buy bulbs when available in the nursery.

    • Plant

        Plant bulbs in a container with well-draining soil or in a part-shade area of the garden that is well-draining.

    • Water

        Outdoors in the absence of rainfall, keep bulbs barely moist until leaves appear, at which time increase watering, maintaining moist but not soggy soil. Indoors, keep the bulbs barely moist until leaves appear, at which time increase watering, maintaining moist but not soggy soil.

    • Protect

        If temperatures dip below freezing, place outdoor potted plants in a protected area, such as next to the house or under a patio cover.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Remove and destroy any snails and slugs. Bait for the pests with an iron phosphate product.

    • Transplant

        Transplant bulbs in a container with well-draining soil or in a part-shade area of the garden that is well-draining.

    • Harvest

        Plants bloom indoors 6 to 8 weeks after planting.

    • Special requirements

        Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.

  • February
    • Buy

        Buy bulbs when available in the nursery.

    • Plant

        Plant bulbs in a container with well-draining soil or in a part-shade area of the garden that is well-draining.

    • Fertilize

        Feed once with an organic bulb fertilizer.

    • Water

        Outdoors in the absence, of rainfall keep bulbs barely moist until leaves appear, at which time increase watering, maintaining moist but not soggy soil. Indoors, keep the bulbs barely moist until leaves appear, at which time increase watering, maintaining moist but not soggy soil.

    • Protect

        If temperatures dip below freezing, place outdoor potted plants in a protected area, such as next to the house or under a patio cover.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Remove and destroy any snails and slugs. Bait for the pests with an iron phosphate product.

    • Transplant

        Transplant bulbs in a container with well-draining soil or in a part-shade area of the garden that is well-draining.

    • Harvest

        Plants bloom indoors 6 to 8 weeks after planting.

    • Special requirements

        Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.

  • March
    • Buy

        Buy bulbs when available in the nursery.

    • Plant

        Plant bulbs in a container with well-draining soil or in a part-shade area of the garden that is well-draining.

    • Fertilize

        Feed once with an organic bulb fertilizer.

    • Water

        Outdoors in the absence of rainfall, keep bulbs barely moist until leaves appear, at which time increase watering, maintaining moist but not soggy soil. Indoors, keep the soil moist but not soggy.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Remove and destroy any snails and slugs. Bait for the pests with an iron phosphate product.

    • Harvest

        Bulbs planted in the fall and winter bloom outdoors this month. Plants bloom indoors 6 to 8 weeks after planting.

    • Special requirements

        Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.

  • April
    • Fertilize

        Feed once with an organic bulb fertilizer.

    • Water

        Outdoors, water in the absence of rainfall, keeping soil moist but not soggy. Indoors, keep the plant moist but not soggy.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Remove and destroy any snails and slugs. Bait for the pests with an iron phosphate product.

    • Harvest

        Bulbs planted in the fall and winter bloom outdoors this month.

    • Special requirements

        Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.

  • May
    • Fertilize

        Feed once with an organic bulb fertilizer.

    • Water

        Outdoors, keep soil moist but not soggy. Indoors, cut back on watering until leaves are completely yellowed--then stop watering and let the plant dry out.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Remove and destroy any snails and slugs. Bait for the pests with an iron phosphate product.

    • Special requirements

        Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.

  • June
    • Fertilize

        Feed once with an organic bulb fertilizer.

    • Water

        Outdoors, keep soil moist but not soggy.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Remove and destroy any snails and slugs. Bait for the pests with an iron phosphate product.

    • Special requirements

        Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.

  • July
    • Fertilize

        Feed once with an organic bulb fertilizer.

    • Water

        Outdoors, keep soil moist but not soggy.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Remove and destroy any snails and slugs. Bait for the pests with an iron phosphate product.

    • Special requirements

        Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.

  • August
    • Water

        Outdoors, keep soil moist but not soggy.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Remove and destroy any snails and slugs. Bait for the pests with an iron phosphate product.

    • Special requirements

        Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.

  • September
    • Water

        Outdoors, cut back on watering until leaves are completely yellowed--then stop watering and let the plant dry out. Indoors, keep bulbs dry.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Remove and destroy any snails and slugs. Bait for the pests with an iron phosphate product.

    • Special requirements

        Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.

  • October
    • Buy

        Buy bulbs when available in the nursery.

    • Plant

        Plant bulbs in a container with well-draining soil or in a part-shade area of the garden that is well-draining.

    • Water

        Keep indoor and outdoor bulbs dry.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Remove and destroy any snails and slugs. Bait for the pests with an iron phosphate product.

    • Transplant

        Transplant bulbs in a container with well-draining soil or in a part-shade area of the garden that is well-draining.

    • Special requirements

        Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.

  • November
    • Buy

        Buy bulbs when available in the nursery.

    • Plant

        Plant bulbs in a container with well-draining soil or in a part-shade area of the garden that is well-draining.

    • Water

        Indoors and outdoors, begin watering mid-month, keeping the bulbs barely moist until leaves appear, at which time increase watering, maintaining moist but not soggy soil.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Remove and destroy any snails and slugs. Bait for the pests with an iron phosphate product.

    • Transplant

        Transplant bulbs in a container with well-draining soil or in a part-shade area of the garden that is well-draining.

    • Harvest

        Plants bloom indoors 6 to 8 weeks after planting.

    • Special requirements

        Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.

  • December
    • Buy

        Buy bulbs when available in the nursery.

    • Plant

        Plant bulbs in a container with well-draining soil or in a part-shade area of the garden that is well-draining.

    • Water

        Outdoors, in the absence of rainfall keep bulbs barely moist until leaves appear, at which time increase watering, keeping soil moist but not soggy. Indoors, keep the bulbs barely moist until leaves appear, at which time increase watering, keeping soil moist but not soggy.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Remove and destroy any snails and slugs. Bait for the pests with an iron phosphate product.

    • Transplant

        Transplant bulbs in a container with well-draining soil or in a part-shade area of the garden that is well-draining.

    • Harvest

        Plants bloom indoors 6 to 8 weeks after planting.

    • Special requirements

        Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.

  • Winter
    • Spring
      • Summer
        • Fall
          • Buy

            When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • January

              Buy bulbs when available in the nursery.

            • February

              Buy bulbs when available in the nursery.

            • March

              Buy bulbs when available in the nursery.

            • October

              Buy bulbs when available in the nursery.

            • November

              Buy bulbs when available in the nursery.

            • December

              Buy bulbs when available in the nursery.

          • Plant

            When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • January

              Plant bulbs in a container with well-draining soil or in a part-shade area of the garden that is well-draining.

            • February

              Plant bulbs in a container with well-draining soil or in a part-shade area of the garden that is well-draining.

            • March

              Plant bulbs in a container with well-draining soil or in a part-shade area of the garden that is well-draining.

            • October

              Plant bulbs in a container with well-draining soil or in a part-shade area of the garden that is well-draining.

            • November

              Plant bulbs in a container with well-draining soil or in a part-shade area of the garden that is well-draining.

            • December

              Plant bulbs in a container with well-draining soil or in a part-shade area of the garden that is well-draining.

          • Sow Seeds

            When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • Fertilize

              When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • February

                Feed once with an organic bulb fertilizer.

              • March

                Feed once with an organic bulb fertilizer.

              • April

                Feed once with an organic bulb fertilizer.

              • May

                Feed once with an organic bulb fertilizer.

              • June

                Feed once with an organic bulb fertilizer.

              • July

                Feed once with an organic bulb fertilizer.

            • Water

              Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                Outdoors in the absence of rainfall, keep bulbs barely moist until leaves appear, at which time increase watering, maintaining moist but not soggy soil. Indoors, keep the bulbs barely moist until leaves appear, at which time increase watering, maintaining moist but not soggy soil.

              • February

                Outdoors in the absence, of rainfall keep bulbs barely moist until leaves appear, at which time increase watering, maintaining moist but not soggy soil. Indoors, keep the bulbs barely moist until leaves appear, at which time increase watering, maintaining moist but not soggy soil.

              • March

                Outdoors in the absence of rainfall, keep bulbs barely moist until leaves appear, at which time increase watering, maintaining moist but not soggy soil. Indoors, keep the soil moist but not soggy.

              • April

                Outdoors, water in the absence of rainfall, keeping soil moist but not soggy. Indoors, keep the plant moist but not soggy.

              • May

                Outdoors, keep soil moist but not soggy. Indoors, cut back on watering until leaves are completely yellowed--then stop watering and let the plant dry out.

              • June

                Outdoors, keep soil moist but not soggy.

              • July

                Outdoors, keep soil moist but not soggy.

              • August

                Outdoors, keep soil moist but not soggy.

              • September

                Outdoors, cut back on watering until leaves are completely yellowed--then stop watering and let the plant dry out. Indoors, keep bulbs dry.

              • October

                Keep indoor and outdoor bulbs dry.

              • November

                Indoors and outdoors, begin watering mid-month, keeping the bulbs barely moist until leaves appear, at which time increase watering, maintaining moist but not soggy soil.

              • December

                Outdoors, in the absence of rainfall keep bulbs barely moist until leaves appear, at which time increase watering, keeping soil moist but not soggy. Indoors, keep the bulbs barely moist until leaves appear, at which time increase watering, keeping soil moist but not soggy.

            • Prune

              When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • Mulch

                Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • Protect

                  When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

                  •  Jan
                  •  Feb
                  •  Mar
                  •  Apr
                  •  May
                  •  Jun
                  •  Jul
                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • January

                    If temperatures dip below freezing, place outdoor potted plants in a protected area, such as next to the house or under a patio cover.

                  • February

                    If temperatures dip below freezing, place outdoor potted plants in a protected area, such as next to the house or under a patio cover.

                • Pest/Disease Inspection

                  What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

                  •  Jan
                  •  Feb
                  •  Mar
                  •  Apr
                  •  May
                  •  Jun
                  •  Jul
                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • January

                    Check for snails and slugs.

                  • February

                    Check for snails and slugs.

                  • March

                    Check for snails and slugs.

                  • April

                    Check for snails and slugs.

                  • May

                    Check for snails and slugs.

                  • June

                    Check for snails and slugs.

                  • July

                    Check for snails and slugs.

                  • August

                    Check for snails and slugs.

                  • September

                    Check for snails and slugs.

                  • October

                    Check for snails and slugs.

                  • November

                    Check for snails and slugs.

                  • December

                    Check for snails and slugs.

                • Treat for Pest/Disease

                  How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

                  •  Jan
                  •  Feb
                  •  Mar
                  •  Apr
                  •  May
                  •  Jun
                  •  Jul
                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • January

                    Remove and destroy any snails and slugs. Bait for the pests with an iron phosphate product.

                  • February

                    Remove and destroy any snails and slugs. Bait for the pests with an iron phosphate product.

                  • March

                    Remove and destroy any snails and slugs. Bait for the pests with an iron phosphate product.

                  • April

                    Remove and destroy any snails and slugs. Bait for the pests with an iron phosphate product.

                  • May

                    Remove and destroy any snails and slugs. Bait for the pests with an iron phosphate product.

                  • June

                    Remove and destroy any snails and slugs. Bait for the pests with an iron phosphate product.

                  • July

                    Remove and destroy any snails and slugs. Bait for the pests with an iron phosphate product.

                  • August

                    Remove and destroy any snails and slugs. Bait for the pests with an iron phosphate product.

                  • September

                    Remove and destroy any snails and slugs. Bait for the pests with an iron phosphate product.

                  • October

                    Remove and destroy any snails and slugs. Bait for the pests with an iron phosphate product.

                  • November

                    Remove and destroy any snails and slugs. Bait for the pests with an iron phosphate product.

                  • December

                    Remove and destroy any snails and slugs. Bait for the pests with an iron phosphate product.

                • Transplant

                  When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

                  •  Jan
                  •  Feb
                  •  Mar
                  •  Apr
                  •  May
                  •  Jun
                  •  Jul
                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • January

                    Transplant bulbs in a container with well-draining soil or in a part-shade area of the garden that is well-draining.

                  • February

                    Transplant bulbs in a container with well-draining soil or in a part-shade area of the garden that is well-draining.

                  • October

                    Transplant bulbs in a container with well-draining soil or in a part-shade area of the garden that is well-draining.

                  • November

                    Transplant bulbs in a container with well-draining soil or in a part-shade area of the garden that is well-draining.

                  • December

                    Transplant bulbs in a container with well-draining soil or in a part-shade area of the garden that is well-draining.

                • Propagate

                  When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

                  •  Jan
                  •  Feb
                  •  Mar
                  •  Apr
                  •  May
                  •  Jun
                  •  Jul
                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • Harvest

                    When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • January

                      Plants bloom indoors 6 to 8 weeks after planting.

                    • February

                      Plants bloom indoors 6 to 8 weeks after planting.

                    • March

                      Bulbs planted in the fall and winter bloom outdoors this month. Plants bloom indoors 6 to 8 weeks after planting.

                    • April

                      Bulbs planted in the fall and winter bloom outdoors this month.

                    • November

                      Plants bloom indoors 6 to 8 weeks after planting.

                    • December

                      Plants bloom indoors 6 to 8 weeks after planting.

                  • Special requirements

                    Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • January

                      Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.

                    • February

                      Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.

                    • March

                      Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.

                    • April

                      Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.

                    • May

                      Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.

                    • June

                      Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.

                    • July

                      Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.

                    • August

                      Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.

                    • September

                      Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.

                    • October

                      Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.

                    • November

                      Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.

                    • December

                      Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.

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