Wednesday’s Flowers – Fresh Cut Amaryllis

November 16, 2011

Today I give you Amaryllis (hippeastrum spp.), I adore this flower for its large, yet delicate blooms that last forever. Well, not really forever but for a flower they last a long time. I also have to say that they are my favourite flower for the holidays, not traditional poinsettias for this girl!

Amaryllis are a bulb flower and are available potted or as a fresh cut stem. For today’s post I purchased a peach fresh cut Amaryllis stem for $10. The stem was fully loaded with 5 flower buds, which will all open eventually. There are a few tricks to keep fresh cut Amaryllis blooming:

  1. Amaryllis stems are hollow, so they bend and rot quickly. To help give the stem support, insert a stick or stem into the Amaryllis stem. Ginger or Bird of Paradise stems work well for this.
  2. Give the stem a fresh cut daily.
  3. Keep the water level in the vase or container low.
  4. Change the water daily.
  5. Remove spent blooms immediately.
  6. Keep them cool; avoid placing them in direct sunlight or by a warm draft.

Amaryllis flowers are so showy that they look great in a vase all on their own, as well as adding impact to a mixed bouquet of flowers. Due to the $10 budget for this weekly column I went for the single flower in the vase option; a used a very large clear glass vase for the arrangement.

The flower shop I purchased the Amaryllis from included a palm leaf. I’m not a big fan of palm leaves, so instead of using it in a traditional way I rolled the palm around the interior of the vase, added a bit of water to the vase and then the Amaryllis stem. And voila!

Our fireplace mantle is the home perfect for the Amaryllis.
I love the peach colour with our turquoise blue fireplace.
Amaryllis bulbs photographed at the Amsterdam Bloemenmarkt

Amaryllis are the easiest flowering bulbs to grow, just plant and grow. In Canada they must be grown indoors. The flowering time is 7 to 10 weeks so it is too late to plant them for holiday flowering but they are wonderful to see in January.  If you would like to have Amaryllis blooming for the holidays it would be best to buy them already potted with the buds in development or as fresh cut stems. Potted Amaryllis are available at local flower shops and are now sold in many grocery stores across Canada.

Have you ever grown Amaryllis?