From my little experience among all flowering bulbs, this plant called amaryllis is the easiest to bring to bloom.  This can really be accomplished indoors or outdoors, and also over an extended period of time.  According to history amaryllis originated in South America's tropical regions and it has the botanical name Hippeastrum. The large flowers and the ease with which they can be brought to bloom really make the plant (amaryllis) popular and in demand worldwide. Amaryllis plant really comes in many beautiful varieties which include various shades of pink, red, white, salmon and orange. Also there are also many striped and multicolored varieties of the plant, usually combining shades of red or pink with white.

The preparation for Planting

Make sure the base and roots of the bulb is placed in lukewarm water for a few hours. Under normal condition if you cannot plant the bulbs immediately after receiving them you can store them at a cool temperature between 40-50 degrees F.

The Planting

Make sure you plant the bulbs in a nutritious potting compost, a lot are available pre-mixed.  Make sure you plant the bulb up to its neck in the potting compost, just be very careful not to damage the roots.  Also press the soil down firmly in other to set the bulb securely in place after planting.

Placement and watering of plant

You can plant the bulb, or place the potted bulb in a warm place with direct light since heat is really necessary for the development of the stems.  Under normal condition the ideal temperature is 68 to 70 degrees F.  Make sure you water sparingly until the stem appears, as the bud and leaves begin to appear, gradually water them more.  At this point in time, the stem will really grow rapidly and the flowers will develop after it has reached full growth.

The flowering period

The Bulbs will flower in seven to ten weeks as the general rule. During the period of winter the flowering time will be longer than in spring.  You can set up your planting schedule between October and April with this in mind.  To really achieve continuous bloom, you can plant at intervals of two weeks for stunning color in your home or garden.

Quick tips:

 1. The planting period: The planting period is October until the end of April.

      2. The flowering period: The flowering period is late December until the end of June.

    3. The flowering time is seven to ten weeks.

    4. The larger bulbs really produce more flowers.

     5.  Make sure you always store un-planted bulbs in a cool place between 40-50 deg. F.

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