Can I plant my Christmas amaryllis outside, then bring it back indoors next winter?

Asked April 14, 2015, 8:43 PM EDT

I had a beautiful amaryllis that bloomed over christmas, it still looks very healthy with 6 long green stalks. Should I plant it outside for the summer, and then bring it inside when it gets cold. How do I care for it so it will bloom again for Christmas.

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

Here is our website's publication on Amaryllis: http://extension.umd.edu/learn/care-amaryllis-aka-hippeastrum-plants in our Library under Publications.

You can leave it in its pot, or plant it in the ground, but it must come indoors in fall and go through a dormant period in order to bloom again.
It is tricky to time the bloom exactly for Christmas. Fortunately, amaryllis are a joy to have blooming any time in the dreary long winter months and they work well with Valentine's Day and even Easter.

ECN