How to Grow Amaryllis

(and Grow It Again)

Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) is a Christmas classic.

The flowering bulb blooms just in time for the holidays, and can continue to live for decades with repeat blooming every year—sometimes even twice a year.

Here's how to care for amaryllis indoors and nurture it into a thriving houseplant year-round (and not just in winter).


Light and temperature

Your amaryllis will appreciate bright light throughout the year except if you’re forcing blooming. They can handle a bit of direct sun, although light shade isn’t a problem either, especially outdoors where the light is stronger.


Water and humidity

For most of the year, your amaryllis will appreciate regular waterings. Let the top few inches of the soil dry out before watering again to prevent it from staying too soggy, but don’t wait until the soil is bone dry.


Soil and planting

A peat-based potting soil works well, especially with a handful of perlite to make it less compact. If you’ve got something like compost or worm castings on hand, your amaryllis will definitely appreciate some of that.



You can include some manure, worm castings, or compost in your potting mix, but the use of a diluted liquid houseplant fertilizer will also be appreciated.


Most sources recommend removing the flower stalk after an amaryllis has finished flowering, but I don’t really see why this would be necessary. As long as it’s green, it photosynthesizes, providing energy for the bulb.


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