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7 Creative Ways to Display Amaryllis

For a spectacular wintertime show, you can't beat classic amaryllis. Follow the lead of floral designer Karin Lidbeck-Brent to give the breathtaking blooms even more interest. These seven ideas for wintry arrangements bring nature indoors. Simple, striking, and a welcome change from a basic plastic pot.

Green Scene

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Grab a basket and create a lush miniature landscape that will green up a gray winter day. Line a shallow basket with plastic; cut a drainage hole in the plastic toward the middle of the basket. Place a small pot containing an amaryllis bulb in the center of the basket. Fill the basket around the pot with soil. Plant miniature plants and small tropical ferns (ones grown for terrariums work well) around the pot. Cover the soil with moss, leaving the amaryllis bulb exposed.

Tip: Set amaryllis bulbs in snug-fitting pots with about 1 inch of space between the bulb and the side of the container. Keep about 25 percent of the bulb above soil level.

Berry Delightful

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A few upright winterberry branches do more than provide a vibrant finishing touch to potted deep pink amaryllis. They also help support the stems as they grow. For groundcover, tuck a few small polka-dot houseplants and rainbow moss in the soil around the bulbs. Display in a wire basket or on a serving tray with a few pinecones.

Tip: Amaryllis bulbs typically bloom 6 to 8 weeks after planting. Pick the date when you want flowers, then count backward to determine your planting date.

Mossy Camoflauge

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For an effortless display, simply disguise the basic plastic or clay pot the amaryllis bulb is planted in. If needed, line the bottom of a clear glass bowl or container with moss to elevate the pot to align with the bowl's rim. Fill the inside of the bowl with moss to hide the pot. Done!

Tip: Plant bulbs in well-draining potting mix, and water the soil with lukewarm water. Avoid watering again until you see green growth. Too much water too soon hinders root development and may cause the bulb to rot.

A Cut Above

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Displayed solo or in groups, amaryllis makes a stunning cut flower. Choose stems for cutting when flowers are in full bloom or when buds are colored and starting to flower. For a casual look, display in glass bottles, and arrange moss around the bottoms. The flowers should last 10 to 14 days. To prolong their lives, recut the end of the stems every few days and replace the water.

Tip: Amaryllis can tolerate different conditions. However, for best height, color, and root growth, keep pots in direct sunlight at room temperature. The warmer the room, the quicker the bulb will grow.

Terrarium Inspiration

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Scavenge pinecones, twigs, and other natural items, and team them with an amaryllis for this twist on a terrarium. You'll need a clear glass container with an opening wide enough to fit a small or medium potted amaryllis inside. Place the pot in the container. Surround the pot with pinecones, moss, and twigs, packing enough in to help hold the pot in place as the flower stems grow and bloom. Add a few tall branches to support the stems as they grow.

Tip: When the amaryllis bulb begins to grow, provide regular moisture but don't mist or apply overhead irrigation.

Nesting Instinct

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Bring the birdwatching indoors with this clever idea that makes the amaryllis bulb a focal point. Wrap the sides of the bulb in moss; secure with twine. Fill a terra-cotta pot about three-quarters full with potting mix. Place a crafts store bird's nest in the pot; add a small amount of potting soil inside the nest. Put the wrapped bulb in the nest with its roots gently tucked underneath the bulb. (They will grow through the nest into the pot below.) Finish by perching an artificial bird on the edge of the nest.

Tip: Stagger your planting to extend the floral show through the winter months. For example, plant bulbs at 10-day intervals. (Plant indoors from October through January.)

Into the Woods

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This earthy display gets its intrigue from a pot clad in bark. Collect long, flat bark pieces from a fallen branch or tree, as well as a few small branches. Gently flatten the bark, then break into strips that are taller than the pot containing the amaryllis bulb (three bulbs were used here). Hot-glue the strips vertically to the pot, overlapping them slightly. Wrap twine several times around the pot, and tie in place. Insert sturdy twigs or stark branches with cones into the soil around the bulbs. Display on a slice of a tree trunk or wooden disk from a crafts store.

Tip: Rotate pots to balance natural light the amaryllis receives and keep flower stalks upright.

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