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How to Grow Stunning Amaryllis Indoors

How to Grow Stunning Amaryllis Indoors

Growing Amaryllis indoors is more accessible than you might think. Amaryllis bulbs are beautiful flowers that bloom from spring through summer. They come in various colors, shapes, sizes, and varieties. Some amaryllis bulbs are grown indoors, while others are planted outdoors.

Amaryllis plants can be grown indoors or out. To grow them indoors, you’ll need to provide adequate light, heat, humidity, and ventilation. The soil should also be kept moist at all times. The best thing about planting amaryllis indoors is that they don’t have to compete with other plants for space. You can keep your amaryllis growing until it’s time to harvest its blossoms. Amaryllis is an attractive flower with profound meaning and symbolism; for example, amaryllis means “beloved” in Greek, and these vibrant flowers are undoubtedly beloved by many gardeners!

How to Grow Stunning Amaryllis Indoors

Tips for Growing Amaryllis

Planting the bulb at least 6 inches deep and filling the holes with rich, well-rotted compost would be best. Water thoroughly, then cover the pot with plastic wrap. If you live in a cold climate, keep the bulb indoors during winter. In warmer temperatures, it may survive outdoors year-round. Keep the foliage dry, but don’t let the leaves get too wet. The bulbs are ready to bloom when they have developed five greenish-yellow flowers on their stems. Remove any dead blossoms before the new ones open.

When Will It Bloom?

The flowers will bloom from late spring through early summer. They tend to bloom earlier in warm weather than in cooler areas. When temperatures drop below 50 degrees F. your Amaryllis may not flower until next season. 

Planting Instructions

The most important thing to remember when growing bulbs is to keep them moist. Bulbs like to stay damp, so don’t let them dry out. If they look wilted, give them a quick misting from a spray bottle.

Amaryllis bulbs should be planted in springtime when temperatures exceed 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The bulbs should be planted at least two inches deep and three inches apart. After planting, keep the area well-watered and fertilized. Cover the area with burlap or plastic if the weather turns cold to protect the bulbs from frost damage.


The seeds are tiny, so it’s best to start them off in a small container before transplanting them into larger pots. They should be kept at room temperature (around 70°F) until they sprout. Once they’ve germinated, move them outside once the weather warms up.


The bulbs should be planted at least two feet apart from each other. They like lots of suns, so don’t plant them where they won’t receive direct sunlight. If you live in a cold climate, it may be best to start seeds indoors and transplant them outside once the weather warms up.

When Should I Plant Amaryllis?

Spring bulbs like amaryllises should be planted from mid-February onwards. They prefer temperatures between 5°C (41°F) and 15°C (59°F), so don’t plant them outside if it gets too cold. They may be happier in a greenhouse or conservatory if they’re not happy at home.

Where to grow Amaryllis

The bulbs should be planted at least three inches deep in rich, well-drained soil. They prefer cool temperatures (55°F) and can tolerate warmer ones if they receive plenty of sunlight. If the climate is cold, you may want to start them indoors four months before the last frost date. The bulbs should start growing within three months of planting. They will flower from spring through autumn, depending on the variety. Some people like to keep them in bloom all year round. If you want to harvest the bulbs, wait until they turn brown before pulling them out.

How to Grow Stunning Amaryllis Indoors

The trickiest part of growing amaryllises indoors is getting them to bloom. They require lots of heat and humidity to produce flowers. You’ll need a heated propagator (a small box) with a humidifier if you don’t have a greenhouse. You should keep the temperature at 70°F/21°C and the relative humidity between 60% and 80%.

The Best Container for Amaryllis

If you want to grow amaryllis bulbs indoors, choose a container with at least 2″ (5cm) of space between its rim and the edge of the bulb. This allows room for roots to develop without touching the sides of the pot. It’s best if the container is made from plastic or ceramic so it won’t break easily.

How to care for Amaryllis

Amaryllis bulbs should be planted in springtime in well-drained soil rich in organic matter, such as composted manure. They like temperatures between 50°F and 70°F (10°C and 20°C) during the day and 60°F to 65°F (15°C to 18°C) at night. Keep them out of direct sunlight and away from drafts—weekly by soaking the bulbs in a bucket of water for several hours.

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