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Amaryllis spp. Plant Care Reminders

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  • Instruction By Julie Bawden-Davis
    Notes 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.
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Buy

    Buy bulbs when available in the nursery.
    2. Plant

    Plant bulbs in a container with well-draining soil or in a part-shade area of the garden that is well-draining.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

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

    Plants bloom indoors 6 to 8 weeks after planting.
    9. Special requirements

    Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.
    February
    1. Buy

    Buy bulbs when available in the nursery.
    2. Plant

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

    Feed once with an organic bulb fertilizer.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

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

    Plants bloom indoors 6 to 8 weeks after planting.
    10. Special requirements

    Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.
    March
    1. Buy

    Buy bulbs when available in the nursery.
    2. Plant

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

    Feed once with an organic bulb fertilizer.
    4. 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.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

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

    Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.
    April
    1. Fertilize

    Feed once with an organic bulb fertilizer.
    2. Water

    Outdoors, water in the absence of rainfall, keeping soil moist but not soggy. Indoors, keep the plant moist but not soggy.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

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

    Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.
    May
    1. Fertilize

    Feed once with an organic bulb fertilizer.
    2. 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.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

    Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.
    June
    1. Fertilize

    Feed once with an organic bulb fertilizer.
    2. Water

    Outdoors, keep soil moist but not soggy.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

    Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.
    July
    1. Fertilize

    Feed once with an organic bulb fertilizer.
    2. Water

    Outdoors, keep soil moist but not soggy.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

    Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.
    August
    1. Water

    Outdoors, keep soil moist but not soggy.
    2. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    3. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

    Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.
    September
    1. Water

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

    Check for snails and slugs.
    3. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

    Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.
    October
    1. Buy

    Buy bulbs when available in the nursery.
    2. Plant

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

    Keep indoor and outdoor bulbs dry.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

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

    Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.
    November
    1. Buy

    Buy bulbs when available in the nursery.
    2. Plant

    Plant bulbs in a container with well-draining soil or in a part-shade area of the garden that is well-draining.
    3. 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.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

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

    Plants bloom indoors 6 to 8 weeks after planting.
    8. Special requirements

    Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.
    December
    1. Buy

    Buy bulbs when available in the nursery.
    2. Plant

    Plant bulbs in a container with well-draining soil or in a part-shade area of the garden that is well-draining.
    3. 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.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

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

    Plants bloom indoors 6 to 8 weeks after planting.
    8. Special requirements

    Container grown amaryllis prefer to be potbound.
  • 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!

    January

    Buy bulbs when available in the nursery.

    February

    Buy bulbs when available in the nursery.

    March

    Buy bulbs when available in the nursery.

    September

    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?

    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.

    Fertilize

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

    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?

    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.

    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?

    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?

    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?

    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?

    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.

    Harvest

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

    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?

    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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