Brighten up your windowsill with amazing amaryllis
These tender, indoor bulbs are easy to grow, and flower six to 10 weeks after planting. Choose a pot that’s slightly larger than the bulb (terracotta pots look stylish) and fill with multi-purpose compost or John Innes No 2.
The top third of the bulb should remain above the compost. Amaryllis need light and warmth to get going, so place pots in a bright spot at 20C (68F) or warmer. Water lightly, from the top, until the bulb comes into growth. Increase watering when leaves and flower stalks are growing.
As flower stalks develop, turn the pot to avoid stems bending towards the light. Amaryllis in flower can become top-heavy, so you’ll need to stake stems to prevent them from snapping, or plants toppling. To prolong flowering, move plants to a cooler place as buds open: a temperature of 16-18C (61-65F) is ideal.