The 12 Flowers of Christmas: Day 10

by Rachael Priest on December 19, 2011

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Amaryllis

We’re winding down with the final few flowers of Christmas. Have you enjoyed what you’ve learned so far? Today’s Christmas flower is big, bold, beautiful, and breathtaking: the amaryllis.

The amaryllis is a bulb flower and, like the paper whites of Day 9, are easy to force into bloom. Like most bulbs, amaryllis are relatively laid back and don’t require a whole lot of hands-on attention from the grower. They naturally begin to flower in December, making them a hallmark Christmas flower. Bulbs can flower for up to 10 weeks before they return to a dormant state.

Keeping and Planting Amaryllis

Amaryllis will do well in a potted environment indoors, as long as you provide a large enough pot for them to grow. Remember, these bulbs produce very large flowers with long and elegant stems—don’t skimp on space. In general, the larger the bulb is, the more flowers it will produce. Some bulbs can become quite large indeed—sometimes the size of your fist or bigger.

Amaryllis bulbs should be planted outdoors between October and April. Because of their long flowering cycle, staggering the planting every week or two will produce fresh blooms for several months. Of course, the same can be done indoors if you wish.

Amaryllis Choices

Amaryllis are available in a wide variety of colors, both solid and striped. Red and white amaryllis like those in the picture above are perfect for traditional Christmas decorations. You can also find amaryllis is pinks, oranges, whites, and salmons. Whatever color scheme you use, you can find an amaryllis to complement it.

At Buds ‘n Bows Flower Shop in Crawford, Ga. we would like to wish you a joyful Christmas season. Give us a call at 706-743-5830 if you are interested in adding amaryllis, or any other flowers, to your Christmas décor.

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