White Amaryllis: Elegant Flowers for Mid-Winter
January and February are never quite as bleak when there are flowers around. Though store-bought bouquets will do in a pinch, they are no match for homegrown amaryllis.
These enormous blossoms have a presence you can feel as soon as you walk into the room. And, because each bulb produces multiple flowers and multiple stems, you get to enjoy a full month of beautiful blooms. All for less than the cost of a supermarket bouquet.
There’s nothing difficult about growing amaryllis. Simply plant the bulb in a pot filled with moist growing mix and keep it in a bright room. Some varieties of amaryllis bloom sooner than others, and you can use this to your advantage. Grow several different varieties for flowers throughout the winter.
Some of Our Favorite White Amaryllis
For an early start on the amaryllis season, consider growing Ice Queen. It’s one of several South American-grown varieties that we are offering this year. Plant the bulbs by early November for flowers by the end of December.
Kick off the new year with the varieties Magic Green and Lemon Star. These are usually among the first of the Dutch-grown amaryllis to bloom. The flowers are frosty white with pale, lime-green centers.
February and March are peak bloom time for amaryllis. Continue the all-white theme with varieties such as Arctic Nymph and Christmas Gift. Two of my personal favorites are Nymph and Picotee. Nymph is a double with creamy white petals that are brushed with red. The petals of Picotee are pure white and outlined with a fine red line.
Of course, there’s no reason to limit yourself to white. This year we are offering 15 different varieties of amaryllis. As long as we still have inventory and it’s not too cold outside, we will be shipping bulbs through the end of the year. Want to add some fragrance to your indoor flower garden? We also ship paperwhite narcissus bulbs through the end of December.
If you’re new to growing amaryllis, or it’s been a while since you have grown them, here’s some information you may find helpful: