Forcing Amaryllis Bulbs to Use as Holiday Centerpieces

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Forcing Amaryllis bulbs to use as holiday centerpiecesI was wandering the aisles of my local home and garden center the other day and spotted a giant display of amaryllis bulbs for sale. You know what that means. It’s time to get those babies planted now, or you’ll be paying big bucks for a blooming amaryllis bulb for your holiday centerpiece come the middle of December.

If you have never forced an amaryllis bulb before, don’t worry. It’s easy-peasy. Seriously. You can’t mess it up. My husband could do it… which is saying a lot!

planting Forcing Amaryllis bulbs

Things You’ll Need

  • Well-draining potting mix
  • Water
  • Decorative container
  • Filler to cover the top of the growing area (optional)

mixing potting soil in a plastic container

Fill a decorative container or plastic potting tray with potting soil, add water and mix together until the soil is well moistened but not soggy.

Forcing Amaryllis Bulbs

Add amaryllis bulbs, but keep the top third of the bulbs exposed. Place the container in direct sunlight, and keep the soil moist (but not soggy).

Unlike me, amaryllis bulbs like to be crowded, so keep that in mind when choosing your container. Most amaryllis bulbs are about 3 to 4 inches, so a 7-inch container for one bulb or a 12-inch container for three bulbs is perfect.

waiting for amaryllis bulbs to bloom

Cover the soil with a filler for added visual texture (moss, wood chips, shiny rocks, and potpourri all work) or don’t, if you’re a plain Jane.

Place your bulbs in a well-lit room or direct sunlight and then wait. Amaryllis bulbs bloom approximately six to seven weeks after being planted, so hop to it if you plan on adding a bit of indoor garden bling to your holiday table this year.


All photos courtesy of Mavis Butterfield

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