Another way to stagger your blooms is to plant different varieties of amaryllis, as they don’t all come to flower in the same time frame. Some varieties flower very quickly in around four to six weeks; others take as long as nine to twelve weeks. Though there are no official classifications, industry insiders refer to amaryllis as belonging to three groups: early-, mid- and late-flowering varieties. Try to purchase bulbs from each group and plant them together so you will always have many beautiful blooms to enjoy.
Amaryllis ‘Red Lion’ (Amaryllis aka Hippeastrum). Plant multiple bulbs per pot for an extravagant look and long bloom season. Each amaryllis bulb can produce two to three stems, providing waves of blooms for months on end.
Red amaryllis set amidst red candles creates a smashing holiday centerpiece or mantle display. To keep flowers fresh: Sink the stems of cut amaryllis in water-filled florist vials or set the entire display in a low broad bowl of water. Amaryllis are particularly long-lasting as cut flowers.
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