Amaryllis is a common sight during
the holidays. These bulbs make some
of the best flowering houseplants.
The Amaryllis has beautiful large
flowers, held up on long stalks. The
Amaryllis has been well hybridized,
and there is a large selection of
hybrids available in different colors,
sizes, and with single or double petals.
Although Amaryllis bulbs can be ordered
year-round, they are usually traditionally
planted during the fall and winter
time, and will usually be timed to
bloom during the winter. Potted Amaryllis
require a dormant period. Once the
foliage dies back in the fall, amaryllis
should be placed in a dark, cool location,
and water should be withheld for about
2 months. After the dormancy period,
the bulb can be placed back in the
light, and watering can be resumed.
The plant will begin to develop blooms
several weeks later. The timing of
the dormancy will affect the timing
of the blooming.