Not many bulbs are easier to grow than amaryllis — and few bloom with greater exuberance and beauty. Originating in the tropical regions of South America, amaryllis come in many beautiful varieties including various shades of red, white, pink, salmon and orange. There are also many striped and multicolored varieties, usually combining shades of pink or red with white. Amaryllis can be grown indoors or outside.
Plant the bulb in a 6-8" pot using a nutritious potting compost. Heavy pots are preferable since lightweight pots may tip over under the weight of the blooms. Pack the soil gently around the bulb so approximately one-third of the bulb remains above the soil line. Place the pot in a location that receives bright, indirect light. Water sparingly until you see about 2" of new growth. From then on, water regularly. As the plant grows, turn the pot periodically to encourage the flower stalks to grow straight. Flower buds will appear at the top of each stalk, followed by a dramatic floral display. To prolong the blooms, keep the pot out of direct sunlight. Most varieties will begin blooming six to eight weeks after planting; some can take as long as ten weeks.