Once your holiday amaryllis blooms, keep your plant in a room that’s on the cool side to help the flowers last longer, and give them bright light and evenly moist soil. When the flowers fade, cut back the stalks to just above the bulb, and let the leaves continue to grow. Water and fertilize throughout the next summer and,if you moved your amaryllis outdoors, bring it back in before frost. If your amaryllis dies back completely, it’s probably gone dormant; stop watering until new growth appears.
Grab an amaryllis bulb kit to fill your home with the stately splendor of these big blooms. Plant several types in the same pot to create a colorful indoor garden. After flowers fade, snip blossom stems at the base. Continue to grow the leaves through winter and plan to set plants outside for the summer if you want to have bulbs bloom again next year.
Plaid stockings hung on the mantel mimic the classic plaid throw pillows on the sofa in this traditional living room decorated for Christmas. Lush greenery and amaryllis finish the fireplace with a natural, seasonal touch.
A front door in a unique or bold color (or both!) instantly wakes up the front porch. For this 1918 Craftsman home, pink is the star. Front door paint color: Sherwin Williams Amaryllis; Small rug: Target
In rainy Seattle, a covered outdoor space is a must. The punchy pink front door was this porch's design jumping off point. Hanging planters pick up the bold color. Armchairs, a coffee table and a porch swing make a comfortable sitting area. Paint colors: Shake siding: Behr Poppy Seed; Front door: Sherwin Williams Amaryllis; Stairs and porch base: Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black
If you cook at all, you’re probably familiar with the internal structures of an onion. Guess what? Onions are what’s known as true bulbs Tulips are also true bulbs. A true bulb has layers of fleshy tissue that act as the food storage organ. Roots form at the base of the bulb and serve to anchor the bulb in soil and absorb water and nutrients. When you buy bulbs, you’ll often see dried root remnants at the base of the bulb. Examples of true bulbs: onion, garlic, allium, daffodil, tulip, amaryllis, grape hyacinth, Dutch hyacinth, Dutch iris, scilla, lily.