Amaryllis and Paperwhites: Indoor Color for Winter and Early Spring
Amaryllis & Paperwhites: Indoor Color for Winter and Early Spring
The wonderfully bright, long-lasting blooms that Amaryllis and Paperwhites produce are undoubtedly some of the most joyous parts of the colder months. Growing indoor blooms is a wonderful experience, and both novice and expert gardeners can appreciate the breath of life that comes in colorful waves during winter. These easy-to-grow bulbs are also a thoughtful gift for any friend or loved one. See some customer reviews of favorite Amaryllis and Paperwhite varieties available now!
Amaryllis are easy to grow and can become a household plant for years of enjoyment. After they are finished blooming this winter, they can be grown outside for the summer months before being brought inside to re-bloom next winter.
"INCREDIBLE! I bought three bulbs....one for me, two to give as Christmas gifts. All produced heavily. Mine bore 16 spectacular blooms! The gift recipients had similar results and just raved. Now my bulb is outside growing big beautiful leaves and getting ready to produce again. I can't wait!!"
"I love the Amaryllis, have gifted them for years. This one went to an A-frame on the side of Mt. Hood in Oregon. The surprised and delighted recipient just phoned me to say that despite almost no natural light in her house due to surrounding forest, these lilies had began blooming, and had more blooms coming on. You can't beat lilies for tough, dependable and gorgeous!"
Frances, Walla Walla, WA
Paperwhites are related to Daffodils (Narcissus). These flowers bring the look and fragrance of spring blooms indoors over the winter months. Cheerful Paperwhites will brighten your home in the depths of winter!
"I thought something growing in doors would be a mood lifter. It became a focal point of watching how fast it grew and the wonderful smell from the blooms. It's a very easy growing plant and something that will last for seasons to come. I highly recommend it."
"LOVELY, a gift of flowers in WYOMING JANUARY! What a surprise. a gift of a pot of tiny buds 4 weeks ago is now in BLOOM by a sunny window. There are no other blossoms anywhere outside.. in the snow. How sweet a gift. I have never seen them before! They make me smile! I do not have a green thumb!"
Amaryllis are easy to grow and can become a household "pet plant" for years of enjoyment. After they are finished blooming this winter, they can be grown outside for the summer months before being brought inside to re-bloom next winter. But to get them started this year, pot them in a 6-inch diameter pot using a good quality soil and less potting mix. Amaryllis bulbs like a snug pot, so resist the urge to plant them in something too large. The bulb needs only an inch of space around the widest part of the bulb where the neck of the bulb is even with the top edge of the pot. Place the pot in a warm, sunny window, and in only 6 to 8 weeks you'll have a gorgeous living bouquet.
New Amaryllis and Paperwhite Varieties for 2015-16
The 'Butterfly' (Papilio is Latin for "butterfly") has striking blooms of maroon, bronze, and cream. This rare Amaryllis is slow-growing and evergreen, producing 2-3 dramatic blooms per stem. But while the bulb may not bloom the first growing season, it will multiply in the pot and bloom the following winter with multiple flower stalks. Definitely worth the wait, Papilio is long lived and easy to grow year after year.
This variety has spectacular double blossoms—a striking combination of deep pink centers surrounded by pure white. Elvas almost doesn't look real with its intricate petals and striped markings, which you can enjoy even in the darkest part of winter.
If you are giving gifts this year for any occasion, the gardeners in your life will appreciate our Amaryllis Gift Kits. Kits come with a choice of bulb color, (Christmas Gift (white), Red Lion (deep red) or Minerva (red and white), a copper-colored pot, soil, and instructions, all enclosed in a burlap gift bag with a satin bow. These easy-to-grow bulbs are a perfect gift for anyone, from the novice to the experienced gardener.
Paperwhites: Indoor Daffodils for Forcing
If you have a sunny windowsill, you can enjoy forcing paperwhite bulbs over the winter months. Plant a group of bulbs in a wider-than-deep bulb pot and keep the soil moist, but not soggy. In 2 1/2 to 3 months, you'll enjoy a fragrant flowering bouquet to brighten your home in the depths of winter.
Chinese Sacred Lilies (Narcissus tazetta) have fragrant white blooms with golden yellow cups. (Blooms in just 10-12 weeks after planting indoors.)
Erlicheer Paperwhites (Narcissus tazetta) are renowned for their fragrant, double lemon-yellow blooms. (Flowers in 10-12 weeks after planting indoors.)