Amaryllis at Home
Amaryllises are easy plants that grow in your living room without too much care. Still, we receive quite a few questions about amaryllis care. People are not accustomed to a bulb flower that blooms indoors, and they hesitate whether they should give the flower water and wonder if their amaryllis shouldn’t be standing in front of the window, rather than on the table. Of course, Fluwel is happy to answer all your questions about amaryllis!
The amaryllis is basically an ordinary bulb. In its original environment, it will not blossom earlier than spring. It is a flower bulb that has a relatively little need for sunlight, and therefore thrives in forests. That brought people to bring these flowers ino their homes to blossom, initially just in the spring, but later also in the winter, since room temperature makes the amaryllis believe that it is spring already. Caring for amaryllis indoors is a combination of pretending it is spring and imitating the natural conditions amaryllises are designed for.
Amaryllis begins to bloom when temperatures imitate spring, roughly between 15 and 25 degrees celsius. This corresponds quite well with room temperature. Temperatures significantly higher cause the end of bloom, and lower temperatures mean your amaryllis will not bloom at all. Thus a good, moderate temperature is important for the care of amaryllis.
Since the amaryllis blooms at room temperature, the amaryllis will feel at home if you have a normal room temperature. Do not put the plant near the heating: this is usually too hot for an amaryllis! At the same time, a relatively cool place will do no harm, since amaryllis blooms longer at a temperature between 15 and 20 degrees. Avoid real cold however.
Amaryllis need regular water when in bloom. When the stem reaches higher than your fingers are long (let’s say 12 cm), the flower has grown enough to be sprinkled with water. Water regularly , but do not let the bulb get wet, as this leads to rot. Transplant the bulb if the soil in the pot has become too wet . With proper care, your amaryllis will yield a beautiful flower soon.
All in all, amaryllis care is not difficult, and it is not a plant that will take up a lot of your time. The effect is no less. Amaryllises are a real beauty on the table or on a shelf. Do not put your amaryllis on the windowsill, as this is often close to the heating. Amaryllises do not need too much sunlight, the light of your living room is enough. For the amaryllis this means spring has come!