For spectacular indoor blooms in the depths of winter, nothing rivals amaryllis. Their huge, trumpet-shaped flowers provide a bold splash of color, brightening even the bleakest day.
Colorblends bulbs are huge—the size of a very large orange or small grapefruit. Each is guaranteed to produce at least two stems, and most stems will yield at least four flowers, sometimes more.
Where winters are mild (Zones 9 and 10 and warm portions of 8) amaryllis can be planted outdoors. They need well-drained soil and plenty of sunlight. Protection from the afternoon sun will extend the flowering season. Bulbs planted outdoors generally bloom in the spring.
Amaryllis can be slow to get going. Allow 12 weeks (or more) from potting to bloom. Most bulbs will not bloom until after Christmas.