How to grow amaryllis
AMARYLLIS - ALL THE IMPORTANT TIPS FOR IT TO FLOWER LONG
If I look through the window, I shudder: It's so dreary outside right now. Cold, damp and just plain depressing. We look forward to every cheerful splash of color, right? The amaryllis with its large, bright flowers provides a very quick remedy. I remember: my mother gave me my first amaryllis a little over 15 years ago. At that time I had just moved into my Hamburg apartment and the weather was just as uncomfortable as it is today. The enchanting plant immediately got a place on the windowsill of my kitchen-living room. And just in time for the first snow, the thick blossoms opened and heralded the pre-Christmas season in the most amazing red. I've been an amaryllis fan ever since. Even now, in my house in the Nordheide, they are blooming again. However, over the years I have found that the amaryllis is not that easy to use. I have noted down here what you should pay attention to.
THIS IS WHEN YOU BUY YOUR AMARYLLIS
Keep your eyes open when buying! Before you go to the checkout, you should take a very close look at your new amaryllis. You should pay particular attention to the quality of plants that have already grown up. My tip: buy plants with thick buds and multiple flowers. If the flowers are beautifully colored, you can assume that they will bring you joy for a long time and often. If you only take the onions, you should be clear from the outset where they will grow later - in the pot or in the glass. Short-stemmed amaryllis are more suitable for the jar, as they do not tip over as quickly as they grow. By the way, amaryllis are available in several colors. From the most beautiful dark red to the enchanting pale pink or the bright pink to the radiant white.
TO MAKE SHE HAPPY: HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR AMARYLLIS CORRECTLY
For proper care, it is important to know that the year of your amaryllis is divided into three phases: the flowering period (from December to February), the growth phase (from March to the beginning of August) and the dormant phase (from August to the beginning of December). Your amaryllis needs special attention in every phase. During the growth phase you should place them on the sunny terrace or the bright balcony, while you should rather place your amaryllis in a dark place during the rest period. A basement room would be ideal. The temperatures there are also right, because during this phase your amaryllis only feels really comfortable at a room temperature of 15 degrees.
THIS IS IMPORTANT WHEN THE AMARYLLIS IS FLOWERING
During flowering she appreciates a bright spot, but your amaryllis cannot tolerate direct sunlight even now. It looks the same with room temperatures over 20 degrees. If it gets too warm, it fades pretty quickly. So always keep it bright, but cool. Another tip: The red leaves can leave stains on the window sill or curtain. So collect it very quickly. Always make sure that the earth is nice and moist. It makes most sense if you pour the water onto the saucer. So the earth can soak it up very slowly. Since the amaryllis does not like waterlogging, you must definitely dispose of the remaining water.
THE AMARYLLIS FLOWER IS OVER - THAT HAS TO BE DONE
So it survives the year until the next bloom: First, the amaryllis is cut back. If it has faded, the stalk comes off. The chopping is done until just above the onion. You still leave the leaves on. They are important for photosynthesis. Without it, the amaryllis would not survive. In this phase she needs a lot, a lot of water. But be careful: waterlogging is still harmful. Your amaryllis will grow new leaves over time. When the time comes, she needs something to eat. Therefore, you should pamper them regularly with a little fertilizer. From May she can go out onto the terrace or balcony. A partially shaded spot would be chic.
AMARYLLIS REPOT AND MULTIPLE - THAT'S HOW IT WORKS
At the end of October there will be chopping and repotting: Now you bring your amaryllis back into the apartment and repot it. Important: From now on you are no longer allowed to water the plant. The old leaves eventually dry out. When they are completely dry, cut them off just above the onion. But be careful not to damage the tuber in the process. Then you carefully take the onion out of the pot and put it in a new container. Warning: half of it must protrude from the new earth. From December onwards, new flowers should form. Finally, to bloom, you put the amaryllis back on the windowsill, side table or mantelpiece. But not in direct sunlight. Incidentally, the onions often form daughter onions. You can carefully detach them from the mother onion during the resting phase (August to December) and put them in your own pots.
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