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When Will My Amaryllis Bloom?

When Will My Amaryllis Bloom?

You plant your big amaryllis bulb in anticipation of huge blooms just in time for the holidays. 

The question is: when will your amaryllis bloom? Right before Thanksgiving? In time for Christmas dinner? Three weeks into January when you're still vacuuming up stray needles from the tree? March? What are the expected amaryllis flowering times? 

The answer is twofold and depends on the answers to these questions:

1) What type of amaryllis are you growing? 

2) Where are you growing it? (Indoors or outdoors)


It's helpful to keep the answers to these questions in mind while shopping for amaryllis bulbs, as well, to make sure you get one that's the right fit for you!


Types of Amaryllis Bulbs

There are two main types of amaryllis bulbs:  

  • Exotic (cybister) amaryllis
  • Traditional holiday amaryllis

The exotics have a much different bloom time than the holiday amaryllis if you buy them in the fall. Here's the difference between exotic amaryllis and holiday amaryllis (sometimes called heated amaryllis).  


Exotic Amaryllis

Exotic Amaryllis

Sumatra Amaryllis / Amaryllis ChicoAmarayllis Papilio


Exotic amaryllis (cybister amaryllis) have absolutely gorgeous, almost butterfly-like, elegant blooms. 

These amaryllis were originally developed in South America, as reflected in some of their names such as Amaryllis Quito (pictured, above left)or  Amaryllis Bogota.

When you buy a fresh exotic amaryllis bulb and plant it, you can usually expect it to bloom for you for the first time within 10-12 weeks of planting. 

We say "usually" because these plants do have a bit of a mind of their own. 

The good thing about the exotic amaryllis types is that, once they start growing, they make excellent houseplants and are extremely easy-care. You don't have to force them into a dormant period to get them to rebloom. That said, they will rebloom on their own time frame. Oh, but they're worth the wait and it's always a nice surprise to see the flowers.


Holiday Amaryllis

Holiday Amaryllis Flowers For Sale 

Appleblossom Amaryllis / Ferrari Amaryllis / Minerva Amaryllis


Christmas amaryllis, sometimes called "heated amaryllis" or holiday amaryllis, have the big flowers with rounded petals and over-the-top blooms. These amaryllis have been grown, harvested, and forced into dormancy so that you can plant them in the fall and enjoy big flowers for the holidays. 

These amaryllis are the most reliable for providing 2 bloom stalks per bulbs and will usually flower sometime within 35-60 days after planting in the fall. 

You can get these bulbs to rebloom for the holidays the following year. Here are instructions about how to do that. 


The Fastest Amaryllis to Bloom

Our estimates for blooming times are just that, best estimates. They are based on our own growing trials, feedback from our network of specialty growers and conventional wisdom for individual varieties. Growing conditions, including light, temperature, moisture, wind, and so forth, impact results, as do slight variations in growing stock from year to year.

Some plants are more predictable and cooperative with grower schedules than others. Many types of tulips, for example, and what you know as "Easter Lilies" can be grown to flower within a specific time frame using exact temperature, light, and watering schedules. That doesn't happen in the home, another reason why our estimates are estimates and not ironclad timeframes.

Caveats aside, these are the fastest blooming amaryllis varieties to plant in the fall for holiday blooms, in our experience:

If amaryllis flowers are a must for your holiday centerpieces, those are good varieties to start with. Even those can decide to bloom earlier or later, though. (The more bulbs you plant the more likely you are to end up with blooms when you want them, and a longer period of blooms to enjoy.)

Whenever they bloom, amaryllis are some of the most beautiful indoor flowers you can grow, so the extra care is worth it!


Ready to find your perfect match? Shop all Amaryllis > 

When do Amaryllis Bloom Outside?

You might remember that one of the questions related to "when will my amaryllis bloom?" is where the amaryllis is growing— inside or outside. In zones 8 and warmer, most amaryllis are hardy outside. If you let the traditional holiday amaryllis bulbs you planted in the fall bloom for the holidays and then plant those bulbs outside in the spring, if you leave the bulbs outside, they'll bloom again the following spring. That's their natural bloom time. 

The exotic amaryllis are better as houseplants and will rebloom on and off as they please! 

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  • Katie Elzer-Peters
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  • NOrine BUffkin
    NOrine BUffkin

    I received a plant last Christmas. It never bloomed. I got two stalks with no bloom. I finally cut it back and two weeks ago it sprouted and I got two stalks again with no flower. What am I doing wrong?

  • Charles Stevenson
    Charles Stevenson

    I just received 3 bulbs of Amaryllis Benfica and would like to know if I have to plant them now or can I wait till February to plant them?


  • Brenda Mobley
    Brenda Mobley

    My Amaryllis bloom April & May outdoors, when can I separate and replant after separating?

  • Vicky Huynh
    Vicky Huynh

    Could I did up my holiday amaryllis that I planted outside on fall to plan them inthe pots for indoor so I could get they rebloom again in the winters then plan them back outside next year and keep go on like that year after year. ( outside plans always bloom in spring.) Thanks

  • Christine Carr
    Christine Carr

    My amaryllis planted last winter. Foliage came and went early summer. Now autumn(fall) nothing. Nearby on waste ground amaryllis are
    blooming beautifully. My 20 bulbs are doing nothing! What has gone wrong? (Bulb heads are peeking thru earth but no sign of growth). I am so disappointed. Can you advise me? I am in north island east coast New Zealand. Thanks.

  • Fritzie Schoonover
    Fritzie Schoonover

    My amaryrillis bulbs are just now starting to get new leaves. February 12, 2019, What should I do with them now. I really don’t thing they will bloom now as it is really late. Should I put them to sleep now and how . I have one large bulb and four smaller bulbs. Don’t want to loose them but don’t know where I went wrong.

  • Pam pelzel
    Pam pelzel

    I received a amaryllis pink flush bulb yesterday in the mail the bulb looks good. This is for a gift for my granddaughter which I will not see for a couple of weeks do I need to plant it in the pot now or can it wait?
    Thanks Pam


    I have just had a beautiful Amaryrllis which first had 4 blooms on,then a baby shoot came up and had another 4 blooms, 8 altogether.I will follow your instruction to see if I can get it to bloom end year.

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