Amaryllis are one of the world’s famous flowers. You will most likely see them around Christmas time. The name Amaryllis means “to sparkle” in Greek – making them a great gift to give to friends and love ones. These plants are native to South America and South Africa. Nowadays most Amaryllis plants are grown in green houses around the world. Amaryllis plants can have single or double blooms, with petals that are frilled at the edges. They come in various
shades of red, white, pink, salmon and orange.
The plants can grow up to 10 inches wide, with a top stalk being 18 to 36 inches tall. Amaryllis are most often grown indoors to provide bright colors in a winter home, but they can also be planted in the spring and bloom in the summer.
Plant bulbs in a nutritious potting soil. Plant the bulb up to its neck in soil, being careful not to damage the roots. Press the soil down firmly to set the bulb securely in place after planting. You can dig up bulbs after the blooms die off and store them for future use. Amaryllis are a gorgeous flower to brighten up your life, no matter the season.