Hadeco Amaryllis

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Thank you for purchasing one of Hadeco's world renowned bulbs.
We're here to take you through each step of growing your bulb

Our bulbs are the perfect compliment to any home.

From humble beginnings, Hadeco has grown into one of the largest flower bulb growers in the world, without losing sight of the original partners’ obsession with excellence, reliability of supply and genuine concern for customer satisfaction.

This website is here to make sure that your bulb flowers optimally in  your home.

Bringing amaryllis bulbs into flower is easy.

Click on a section below for expert advice


Some preparation tips

Plant your bulb without undue delay – before sprouting takes place.

If you must delay planting, store in a cool place, +5°C to +10°C (40°F to 50°F). Your refrigerator’s vegetable drawer is ideal, but do not place the bulb alongside food.

Store an unpotted bulb in a paper bag- do not seal in plastic. 

If sprouts are visible, plant immediately.

Pot bulb into any size container into which it will fit – provided it has a drainage hole.

Choose a brand name potting soil which drains well (pH 6.0 to 6.8). Light, yet nutritious, it should contain no tree bark or fresh manure.

When you buy a quality amaryllis bulb the flower embryo buds will already be formed and are waiting for the right conditions to pop out and flower.
When you buy a quality amaryllis bulb the flower embryo buds will already be formed and are waiting for the right conditions to pop out and flower.


Follow these steps to optimise flowering

1.Hold bulb so that its roots hang down into the pot, then fill in around bulb with chosen potting medium. Firm down so that no air pockets remain among roots.

2. The nose of the bulb should be above the pot’s rim, with its shoulders protruding above the the soil surface.

3.After planting, water well and firm down medium again. Roots and bulb should be seated firmly – but do not damage.

4. If you use a saucer below the pot; ensure no water stands in it.


Don't get carried away with the watering can.

Once you have potted the bulb, water until it drains into the saucer underneath. 

After initial watering, do not water again during the first week.

For the following two weeks, the soil should be kept only slightly moist – by adding tepid water around the bulb if necessary.

Over- watering will inhibit root formation – and any water found standing in the saucer should be emptied out. A slightly dry medium will stimulate regrowth of the root system.

Once flower stalk is well out of the bulb, water more frequently- twice a week. 

Further care

If you wish to keep your bulb for next season.​

After your amaryllis has produced its flowers for this season, it will concentrate on developing its foliage.

Faded blooms may be snipped off at the pedicels (“small stems”) from the top of the (main) stem; leave the main stem uninjured for photosynthesis to continue.

An amaryllis bulb produces flowers once per year – in Spring. Hadeco amaryllis purchased in the northern hemisphere will flower their first season in autumn/ fall as they have had their previous growing season in the southern hemisphere. If grown on in the northern hemisphere, they will adapt to spring flowering after one season.

Should you wish to maintain the plant after flowering – for re- growth and blooming next year – keep the bulb in a warm and sunny place (indoors if it is winter during flowering).  Soil should be kept just moist by watering every 3-4 days.

Feed with a bulb or household plant fertiliser every two weeks. If necessary, stake foliage and stems.

Keep the bulb growing through summer, preferably outdoors with maximum light.

At the onset of the next autumn/ fall, place the bulb – in its pot – on its side in a dry, dark and cool place. A temperature of 6°C to 13°C (46°F to 55°F) is ideal. Not below freezing at any time.

Allow the bulb to enjoy a well- earned rest – without food or water – for between two and six months; it will remain dormant so long as it is kept cool.

Bring the bulb out of dormancy when the ambient temperatures are warming up or about six weeks before you would like it to flower.

After this period, cut off the old (browned) foliage. Remove the bulb from its pot and wash the bulb and roots carefully in water. Now repeat the planting process as before. With proper care it will flower again as temperatures warm.

If sprouting occurs during dormancy, the bulb is responding to warmth and should be allowed to continue its growth as per the very top section above Preparation.

Alternate treatment

Transferring the amaryllis to your garden bed

This procedure is only possible in warm climates with winters that do not experience any frost.

After the bulb has flowered continue its treatment as above until you have summer conditions outside.

Select a position in your garden that receives maximum sunlight.

Then slide the plant with the soil and roots intact away from the pot and transfer to a prepared hole in the garden bed.

Provide compost and fertilisers to ensure vigorous growth and generation of new flowers.

Ensure the soil remains moist at root level. In the absence of rainfall this generally comprises a deep watering every four days.

A freshly purchased bulb gives the best results – for it has taken a dedicated Hadeco’s nurseryman three years to grow and nurture it – especially for you!

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