The Q&A Archives: Amaryllis Planting Outdoors

Question: I have an amaryllis bulb that has finished blooming and
was wondering if I could plant this outdoors as I do
tulips etc. We live at the beach and have rather mild
winters. Would it kill the bulb ?

Answer: You can plant amaryllis outside. I always plant the ones I get during the holidays outside the next spring. Amaryllis will bloom year after year if given the proper care. They grow best in sun, but appreciate some protection from hot afternoon sun. Plant about 8 inches deep, or twice the size of the bulb. Mix a phosphorous source into the bottom of the planting hole to promote bloom. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy during the growth period and it's also helpful to fertilize about 2 times per month. Cut the bloom stem off after flowering, but allow the foliage to die back naturally as it is storing nutrients to the bulb. Allow the bulb a "rest" period of at least 8-10 weeks. Good luck!

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