STEP BY STEP
Start amaryllis (hippeastrum) bulbs into growth now for spectacular trumpet flowers in a couple of months. Place on a windowsill in good light, then water and feed as it grows. After flowering, cut off the spent stem, but continue feeding for flowers next year.
1 PLANT the bulb in loam-based potting compost, so the tip is 3cm above the surface. Firm in so hold the bulb upright.
2 SOAK the compost to start the bulb off, then water only sparingly until the leaves begin to grow rapidly and need regular water.