How To Pot Amaryllis Bulbs

How to pot Amaryllis bulb(how to pot Amaryllis bulbs)
After you've selected your Amaryllis bulb from a kit or you've received one as a gift the next step is potting your Amaryllis bulb. Most of these bulb kits come with a bulb, plastic pot and a soil disk made from coco peat. The first thing I do is put the round peat disk to the side along with the plastic pot because I don't like to use them when I pot my bulbs.

Choosing a pot for your Amaryllis

I find the plastic pots that come in these Amaryllis kits to be pretty useless because they usually don't have drainage holes and they aren't heavy enough to keep an Amaryllis from falling over. As your Amaryllis produces a flower scape and leaves the top portion of your bulb will be heavier than the plastic pot and the bulb resulting in an Amaryllis plant that topples over. Remember what most Amaryllis roots look like when you first buy your bulb. The roots not only provide water and nutrients to your bulb but they also anchor it into the soil. If your bulb has no roots there is nothing to keep it in place. You'll need to choose a heavy pot with drainage holes, like a clay pot, or at the least put your plastic pot inside of a heavier pot. In the photo above I chose a decorative ceramic pot to start my Amaryllis. A good rule to take into consideration is that your pot should be two inches wider than the circumference of your bulb, don't over pot your bulb before it has produced roots.

Hydrating the roots

If your Amaryllis has roots like in the link above you can sit the roots in warm water for a couple of hours to rehydrate them and wake them up.

Soil for potted Amaryllids

As I mentioned above I don't use the coco peat (round brown disk) that comes in most Amaryllis kits because it isn't a good growing medium for bulbs and most plants in general. If you allow it to go dry it will look and revert back to the state it was in before you set it in water to make it expand. I like to use a general houseplant potting soil like Miracle-Gro that I mix with perlite and this works for me. You can use your favorite brand of houseplant soil and amend it as needed so that your soil is light and airy.

Planting depth of Amaryllids

A good pot for Amaryllis bulbs is 7-8 inches deep to allow room for the roots. Amaryllids produce very large roots and some of the roots on my plants get as thick as my little finger. Place some soil in the bottom of your pot and fill it half way and then position your bulb in the center making sure to spread any roots out radially. Add more soil around the bulb and roots making sure to leave the top one-half to two-thirds of your bulb exposed and above the soil line like I did in the photo above. I like to leave a little extra room (see photo above) between the soil surface and the rim of the pot because when I water the first time some of the soil will settle down and when this happens I can just add a little more soil and top dress the pot.

The first watering of your Amaryllis

After you've potted your Amaryllis bulb give it a good first watering with lukewarm water and make sure all of the excess water drains off. For the first couple of weeks water your bulb sparingly while it works on creating roots below the soil. Remember if the bulb doesn't have roots it isn't taking up water and any extra watering you're doing will only results in a rotted bulb. Place your potted bulb in a bright and warm window and soon you'll be rewarded with a wonderful flower.


  1. I have a large area of my flower bed dedicated to amaryllis. We may be moving in about 6-8 months and I want to take most of my amaryllis with me. They are consantly producing baby bulbs and I normally just leave them so I do not know how I should remove, store, etc. to take them with me. What should be my procedure and schedule for this move? I live in Southwest Florida.

  2. Anonymous,

    When you lift them take as much of the soil around them with as much as the roots as you can. Would probably be a good idea to pot them up now to make it easier for you later.

  3. I need some advice! I had some lovely amaryllis last year. I followed the instructions for allowing them to grow over the summer, and then removed them from their soil at the end of September. I allowed them to dry, the leaves died and I cut off the dead foliage. I then repotted - but on the advice of a friend I clipped the roots - not completely down to the bulb, but shorter. Several articles I have read since indicate that you should not disturb the roots.

    Will my bulbs be okay? Will they grow new roots? I would hate them to die! They have been in their new pots for 3 weeks now and still look the same as when they were planted - no sign of drying or rot - bulb surface still green (the top third of the bulb is above the soil).

    Please advise!

  4. Anonymous,

    As long as you didn't go crazy and didn't remove too many or too much you should be ok. They may take a bit longer to recover but should bounce back soon.

    Good luck.

  5. I have a fruit fly problem in my room, and all the plants in it are infested with the larvae!
    the larvae tend to chew on the bulbous plants like my amaryllis bulbs and leave non-bulbous ones alone. could you tell me how to get rid of them??

  6. Ventricosaur,

    Try letting the top one inch of soil dry out more. Instead of watering your bulb by pouring water on the soil, water it by letting it sit in a shallow dish of water for a while.

    Also, you can add something like sand or tiny pebbles (gravel?) to the top of your pot. About an inch deep, this doesn't stay wet and don't provide them with the moist soil conditions they are attracted to.

    You can also buy some traps for them at the garden center.

  7. I have over 40 bulbs 2-3 years old and in the fall I remove from pot outdoors, trim a little of the thinner roots off and leave the large ones. Cut the dead folliage back,remove bulb and allow to air dry on a drying rack (old plastic crate with holes in it), rest in basement or cool dark place. I start repotting in waves every 2-3 weeks in a heavy ceramic/or terra cotta pot (put a few stones in the bottom), Coconut fiber (You can buy a large compressed block of it/recycled coconut tree shreds) and just cut off and rehydrate media when you need it, so no running out to garden centers. I also find because it is clean and very porous there is no stagnant water to serve as source for gnats or flies and I have never have bulb rot.) Frankly, I think sometimes the old bags of soil from the garden centers that have been sitting around, the soil may be already contaminated, especially the heavier clay soils.) Amaryllis bloom by their own time clock and it also depends on when you repot, but in general you get some sign of life within 6-8 weeks after repotting. I always repot each year in fresh soil and in clean pots and I never cut back any of the leaves until the fall, just let them soak up the sun outdoors in their original pot during the summer and they take care of themselves. Another way to aquire some quality bulbs at a discount is: Many garden centers, even stores like Marshalls, etc will practically give you the kit to remove it from the store especially when it starts to grow out of the box on the shelf, or at least cut the price by 50-70%.
    Hope this helps.

  8. Hello, I have success in blooming my amaryllis bulbs but not as much to have them produce seed pods. I know that i have to pollinate them when blooming but aside from that, is there anything else that could make them produce seeds for sure? Is it because my bulbs are hybrids or not mature enough?


  9. Martin,

    If they're producing pollen they should be mature enough to pollinate themselves or other flowers. Have you taken a look at the video and post on pollinating Amaryllis flowers?

    The other thing could be the flowers themselves. Some, like the Apple Blossom, Amaryllis can't be self-pollinated and you need pollen from another Amaryllis to get it to work.

  10. I planted the bulbs and got no flowers...just extremely long leaves???

  11. I got nothing but lovely green leaves this year, I thought the bulbs were fool proof. 6 different , came from 3 different stores, have had blooms in front window before , many years of blooms. This year nothing but green leaves, what a disappointment .

  12. Got my box with bulb inside a ceramic pot....upset because there is 10 inches of stem and a crushed flower bent inside of the box...what do I do? Cut it off and just pot it up or just pot it up and hope it comes to life and stands up straight?

  13. For years I thought what I had were lilies but now since reading this and watching the videos it turns out I MIGHT have Amaryllis. Mine are all planted outdoors (live in west central Florida) and I pretty much do nothing to them except for water and feed. Last year I decided to try and reproduce them by seed. I just tossed all the seeds from one pod in a pot w/ potting soil in it and kept it moist. Ended up w/ 24 new ones. This season I transplanted all of them into the ground and am planning on doing it again. Please tell me if there any lilies that have seed pods and seeds like the Amaryllis plant does.

  14. I received an Amaryllis bulb for Xmas which had a little sprout and dead bloom on it which I removed...I followed the instructions and the foliage has grown nicely but it never flowered...I know it has to be because of the dead bloom, but how do I coax it to bloom again (and hopefully soon)?

  15. eccentricfemme we had the same issue, it took it almost a year before it bloomed. We got 8 large flowers from it this year. I manged to pollinate three of the flowers, misses cut the first four off after they were dying back and she did not know I'd tried to pollinate them.