How do you care for an indoor amaryllis?


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You can grow amaryllis plants indoors by following a year-long care routine. After the plant has bloomed, you can make it re-bloom for several years by caring for the bulb.

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You should plant an amaryllis bulb in a well-draining potting soil in a 6-8 inch pot with drainage holes and place it in a sunny location that is at least 60 degrees. Water when the soil feels dry around the bulb with warm water until you see about two inches of growth. Then you should water more frequently, keeping the soil moist. Avoid pouring water directly onto the bulb and don't over water or the bulb will rot.

Once the plant blooms, you should move it to a cooler location out of direct sunlight to make the blooms last longer. The flowers should be cut off once they have faded. When the stalk starts to wilt, it should be cut to about an inch above where it sprouts from the bulb and watered and fed regularly. During the summer, you should place the plant outside.

When the leaves yellow and die, you should cut them off, wipe the bulb clean and store it in a cool dark place for at least six weeks. You can store them in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator, but not near apples as they can cause the bulbs to become sterile. Also, you should never freeze the bulbs.

After removing the bulbs from cold storage, re-plant in a small pot as in the beginning. As the amaryllis bulb ages, cut off the "bulblets" it produces and care for it the same way as the original bulb, giving you more plants.

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