Don’t throw away these holiday flowers.
Save the Amaryllis/Hippeastrum bulbs until spring.
Plant them outside in a sunny location with good drainage.
Add compost to the hole and plant with the shoulders showing.
They will bloom in May or June.
Multiple stems with many flowers will show off for several weeks.
Then cut the stems and leave the foliage.
They will come back every year with more blooms.
I do add a layer of mulch in late fall in case we have a cold winter here in Zone 7.
These are scattered around my gardens to fill in
while waiting for the daylilies to take center stage in June.
You can rescue them for 1/2 price or less in January.
Every year, I add a new Amaryllis outside.
I am so happy to have anything blooming in January, even if it is inside.
My lovely Apple Blossom Amaryllis/Hippeastrum is blooming again.
The second stalk has produced six more blooms.
The last bud has not opened yet and is sticking up to give its five sisters space to spread out.
I love the delicate white petals and pinkish veins, but what I really admire is the shimmer.
The petals look as though they have been dusted with a fine glitter.
When the sun hits the blooms they truly glow.
Apple Blossom Amaryllis is amazing!
A good Amaryllis/Hippeastrum bulb will bloom twice.
If you peek in the boxes from most “big box” stores the contents look like half a bulb because they split them.
My replacement Exotica bulb sent up a stalk of the usual four blooms last month.
It has bloomed another time with six blooms on the second stalk.
Really lovely colors, markings and shapes.
This one’s a keeper.