Displaying colour and pattern, these popular gift plants gather to show off standout style.

Beyond the pretty colour palette, striped, speckled, or ruffled blooms give amaryllis added star power.

ON DISPLAY Create an eye-catching arrangement using coral and peach amaryllis as the stars! Accent with elements such as roses, poppies, and eucalyptus seedheads. Hold the arrangement in a bowl filled with moist floral foam. For added glitter, adorn with spray-painted branches and Christmas décorations.

  1. GOING SOILLESS Who needs soil? Simply place an amaryllis bulb, pointy end up, in a bowl full of décorative stones, and leave the top third of the bulb exposed. Add water so the level is just below the base of the bulb. Roots will migrate through the stones to the water.
  2. Tabletop Star For a stunning centrepiece, highlight amaryllis in a cut-flower arrangement. Clip stems evenly across when the first buds are colouring up and preparing to open. Rest the stems at the base of a sturdy vase filled with water. Use a flower preservative, and change the water every few days to keep flowers blooming up to 10 days.
  3. DINNER TREAT Add an unexpected touch to a dinner party by tucking amaryllis blooms into linen napkins just before guests arrive. Go for contrast with red against blue. Or keep it simple with monochromatic white on white. To avoid any pollen on the table, pull out the flower centers before adorning the napkins.

Bloom Success

Amaryllis bulbs are super simple to grow, which is just one reason they are so popular. Follow these recommendations for spectacular blooms:

  • Place the pot in a warm, bright spot, such as a southwest-facing window. Water sparingly until stems appear, then whenever the top inch of soil mix is dry.
  • When amaryllis starts to bloom (about eight weeks after planting) move the plant out of direct sunlight. This will help flowers look fresh longer. Remove faded flowers and flower stalks as necessary.

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