How to Dry and Save Amaryllis Seeds

Did you know that amaryllis flowers produce seeds? Learn how to dry, save and grow amaryllis seeds for more holiday flowers.

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Can You Grow Amaryllis From Seeds?

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Close up view of the seed capsules of amaryllis

Almost every gardener has tried growing amaryllis bulbs during the holidays. These beautiful blooming houseplants make popular gardening gifts and add a needed pop of vibrant color to gray winter days. But did you know you can also grow amaryllis from seeds? It’s not difficult, but it does require plenty of time and patience to see results. Here’s what you need to know about amaryllis seeds.

“When the pods of my amaryllis broke open, I collected the seeds. What should I do with them and how do I plant them?” asks Birds & Blooms reader Gerald Stevens of Parkersburg, Illinois.

Garden expert Melinda Myers says, “Allow the freshly collected amaryllis seeds to dry for several days before planting, or store the dried seeds in the refrigerator until you’re ready to plant. Start with clean containers with drainage holes, filled with a sterile potting or seed starting mix. Leave the papery covering on the seeds intact and lay them on top of the potting mix. Cover lightly, about 1/8 of an inch, with potting mix. Keep the soil warm (70 to 75 degrees) and moist.

Psst—here’s more essential information that you need about starting seeds indoors.

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If you start with seeds, you’ll have to wait years to see your amaryllis bloom.

Melinda continues,”The seeds should germinate within 4 to 6 weeks. Amaryllis seedlings will look like a young chive plant. Move them to a sunny location or place them under artificial lights as soon as they appear. Keep in mind it will take several years for the plants to reach maturity and start producing flowers.”

In the meantime, try one of these easy-care holiday houseplants to grow, such as a Christmas cactus.

Next, learn how to care for poinsettias now and after the holidays.

Lori Vanover
Lori Vanover is the senior digital editor for Birds & Blooms. She has a bachelor's degree in agricultural and environmental communications from the University of Illinois. Lori is certified as a Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener and is also a member of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology.