AMARYLLIS (HIPPEASTRUM (AMARYLLIS)
The Amaryllis originated in South America’s tropical regions. The large flowers and ease with which they can be brought to bloom make amaryllis popular and in demand worldwide.
The base and roots of the bulb should be placed in lukewarm water for a few hours. Remember, if you cannot plant the bulbs immediately after receiving them, store them at a cool temperature between 4-10˚C. Plant bulbs in a nutritious potting compost, many are available pre-mixed. Plant the bulb up to its neck in the potting compost, being careful not to damage the roots. Press the soil down firmly to set the bulb securely in place after planting. Position the potted bulb in a warm place with direct light to help develop the stems. Water sparingly until the stem appears, then, as the bud and leaves appear, gradually water more. At this point, the stem will grow rapidly and flowers will develop after it has reached full growth. Will flower in 7-10 weeks as a general rule.
Cut the old flowers from the stem after flowering, and when the stem starts to sag, cut it back to the top of