Holidays, Housewarming, Co-Worker, Grandma?
Tired of bringing everyone a candle? We got you. Amaryllis. The short answer: If your giftee is a gardener or into plants, give them a potted bulb. For the dirt challenged, a waxed bulb will bloom with no dirt, no water. Amaryllis will bloom indoors with a bright light source. A warm windowsill is bonus.
What in the World is an Amaryllis?
ure this: it's a cold winter day, and you're cozied up inside with a hot cup of cocoa. But something's missing. Ah, yes! A burst of color and life to brighten up your space. Enter the amaryllis, the winter flower that's here to save the day (and your indoor garden).
Why are Amaryllis Great for Winter Indoors?
Let's face it, winter can be a bit gloomy. But fear not, because amaryllis bulbs are here to bring some much-needed cheer into your life. These beauties are known for their vibrant, show-stopping blooms that come in a variety of colors, from fiery reds to soft pinks and snowy whites.
Not only do they add a pop of color to your indoor space, but they also thrive in the cozy warmth of your home during the winter months. It's like having a little piece of summer right at your fingertips (or should we say, green thumbs?).
How to Grow Amaryllis: A Crash Course
So, you've decided to embark on the amaryllis-growing adventure. Bravo! Here's a quick rundown of how to get started:
1. Choose your bulb: Look for plump, firm bulbs with no signs of damage or mold. It's like picking the perfect avocado, but with flowers.
2. Plant it right: Plant your bulb in a well-draining potting mix, leaving about a third of the bulb exposed above the soil. Think of it as giving your amaryllis a stylish high-waisted look.
3. Water with care: Amaryllis bulbs like to keep things on the drier side, so water sparingly. Too much water can lead to root rot, and nobody wants that. Give the dirt a poke every few days. If its dry 1" down water with approximately 1/4 cup WARM water.
*a note about drainage- Amaryllis can be planted in pots that do not have drainage. If your pot lacks a drainage hole it will NOT need water as often as a free draining planter. Always check moisture level before watering
4. Let there be light: Place your amaryllis in a bright spot with indirect sunlight. They love soaking up those rays, but direct sunlight can be a bit too intense for their delicate petals.
Potted Bulbs vs. Waxed Bulbs: What's the Difference?
Now, you may be wondering: what's the deal with potted amaryllis bulbs and waxed bulbs? Well, let us break it down for you:
Potted bulbs are your classic amaryllis bulbs that come in a pot with soil. They're ready to be planted and cared for, just like any other plant. It's like getting the full DIY experience, but without the hassle of starting from scratch.
On the other hand, waxed bulbs are a bit more unconventional. These bulbs have been coated in wax, which helps retain moisture and eliminates the need for soil. It's like the amaryllis version of a low-maintenance houseplant. Just place it in a bright spot, water sparingly, and watch it work its magic.
So, whether you opt for the traditional potted bulbs or the trendy waxed bulbs, one thing's for sure: amaryllis will bring a touch of winter wonder to your indoor garden.
So go ahead, embrace your inner plant parent and let these winter blooms brighten up your space. Your indoor garden will thank you, and you'll have a front-row seat to a floral show like no other.