Beautiful, colorful blooms are hard to resist at this time of year and Fort Collins Nursery has many varieties of easy to grow amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs in stock to brighten your holiday season.
Amaryllis are tropical plant bulbs that produce huge, vibrant blooms with trumpet shaped blossoms. Of all the flowering bulbs, amaryllis are the easiest to grow. Plant the bulbs in good potting soil in pots with drainage holes so the roots won’t get waterlogged. Water regularly, provide them with bright indirect light, and your plant should begin blooming six to eight weeks after planting. As a general rule of thumb, plant your bulbs by October 15th for them to bloom by Thanksgiving, early November for them to bloom by Christmas, and mid-November for them to bloom by the New Year.
Fort Collins Nursery has many wonderful amaryllis varieties to choose from. For an intense red color try Black Pearl featuring stunning, velvety dark maroon flowers or Double Dragon with wide red petals and multiple bloom stocks. If you prefer shades of pink, the deep fuchsia veining on snowy white petals adds an exotic flair to the stunning Purple Rain. The Double Dream amaryllis features ruffly, rose-pink flowers with touches of white on the tips. For a white option, try Christmas Gift amaryllis with huge, snow white flowers and pale green throats. Looking for a nice mixed color flower? We have Apple Blossom featuring spectacular flowers in white with pink pastel and Minerva featuring bright red petals accented by a white star and a kiwi green throat. The appropriately named Half & Half amaryllis features veined red upper petals with the lower petals a soft green blending to white.
Paperwhites (closely related to the common daffodil) produce small white blooms that are extremely fragrant, and are quick and easy to grow indoors. They prefer well-drained soil but most varieties can also be grown in water and pebbles. Place them indoors near a bright, sunny window and keep the soil slightly moist during active growing periods. If planting in water and pebbles, monitor the water levels and make sure the bulbs never sit in standing water which causes mold. Paperwhites generally take 4-6 weeks to bloom and have fresh-looking blooms for 14-20 days. Try planting a new batch every 2 to 3 weeks from October to January for continuous indoor blooms throughout the season.
We have several Paperwhite varieties waiting to bloom including the popular Ziva and Chinese Sacred Lily, bearing fragrant blooms with golden yellow cups. For an earlier bloomer try Ariel. It bears 14-18 large, fragrant flowers on each stem and its snowy white clusters make a dramatic centerpiece or holiday bouquet. For more sensitive noses, the nearly scentless Inbal variety is a beautiful pure white and only lightly scented.
Don’t forget a bulb planter, vase, or pebbles to complete the look. We also offer waxed amaryllis bulbs and pre-packaged kits, the perfect gift for anyone on your list.
Originally published on November 2nd, 2018. Updated on November 1st, 2021.