Amaryllis flowers –after poinsettias, are the second most quintessential holiday bloom. You’re probably already seeing potted amaryllis bulbs for sale at your local hardware and grocery store. Most people probably think that these beauties are only in season during winter months, but as a cut flower, we have them pretty much year round! The varieties available will vary through the year, but it’s not just a Christmas season flower.
As a DIY flower, I think amaryllis flowers are underutilized. Most people are familiar with amaryllis grown in a pot and don’t realize that they can be so much more as a fresh cut flower. They come in more colors than the typical white or red. Simply arranging a bunch of them in a vase can make an incredible statement and the blooms are so large that you can easily cover a lot of space with just a few stems.
If you’ve never bought fresh cut amaryllis, then you might be wondering how do they arrive and bloom? If you remember the post earlier this year about how peonies ship, amaryllis are sent in much the same way. They are cut while still in bud form and carefully packed. When they arrive, they’ll look something like this:
You’ll want to re-cut the stems and place the blooms in clean room-temperature water. Since the stems are large, it’s easiest to cut them using a knife. We recommend carefully cutting at an angle to maximize the amount of water they take in. You may notice some splitting which can happen since the stems are large and hallow. Don’t worry as your amaryllis will be able to hydrate and bloom!
Once in water, over the next few days you’ll see the beautiful transformation from closed bud to the gorgeous trumpet shaped bloom. It’s a beautiful sight to see!
Our amaryllis usually has at least 3-4 blooms per stem and they typically open at slightly different rates, so you’ll get to enjoy different stages of the blooming process all at once.
For those who are amaryllis newbies, some tips we like to share:
If you have family or guests with allergies or you want to avoid any pollen stains, we recommend removing the pollen covered anthers as soon as the amaryllis blooms start to open.
The bottom of amaryllis stems can tend to split and curl. You can re-cut the stems regularly to maximize the vase life of your blooms. Another trick is to wrap waterproof tape around the base of the stem (don’t cover the bottom of the stem or else your amaryllis won’t be able to drink up water!). If you do this, you should use an opaque vase so the tape on the stems is hidden from sight!
As blooms start to wither and fade, carefully trim them from the stem so you can enjoy the remaining blooms on their own.
We hope you enjoyed learning more about amaryllis! They really are a spectacular bloom and are easy to use for holiday decorating or really decorating any time of year! Check out the amaryllis we offer (they make great gifts!) and stay tuned as we have more posts planned about this beautiful flower!