I’m not sure when I decided that a beautiful red Amaryllis placed delicately in a glass container without soil would be my holiday project but I got wrapped up in the idea and have been pondering it for the past week or so.
I always start off with the DYI mindset and then, after I purchase everything, usually think, hum… what if I bought it already made? Would it have been cheaper? Often, and my husband will attest to this, someone else has made my project in a more beautiful and much less expensive way. But not this time!
There are many ways this planted amaryllis can be done using different vases and a variety of bulbs – this can change the price and quality of the gift you make. Here’s my How-To using plant bulbs from and vases and trim from IKEA.
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Steps (also see step-by-step guide below each photo)
This is my variation of the EHow.com instructions
- Wash your vase (at least 8-inch depth required) with soap and water and then rise with water (EHow says you should rise the vase with a bleach/water solution but I couldn’t bring myself to bleach the vase and then try to plant an amaryllis in it).
- Add 4 inches of loose stones to the vase.
- Take amaryllis bulb and using sharp scissors, trim the dead roots off; the good roots will look white and fleshy.
- Set bulb in stone and scatter more stones around the base of bulb to secure it but not cover it.
- Add water to the vase, but only enough to touch roots. Do not submerge the bulb as it will get rotten and moldy.
- Affix ribbon.
- Create an instruction card to affix to the gift noting the importance of keeping bulb dry. I cut photos from the bulb box to make these tags.
Price Points & Materials
Total Project Cost: $10.63
Bulbs: $5.98 per bulb from
Glass Vase: $1.99 per vase (the other vase I like was $4.99) from IKEA
Trim: Ribbon was $1.99 (about $.67 per vase for three) and was split between three vases and there’s plenty left over from IKEA
Rocks: $1.99 per bag from IKEA
Comparison: A similar product would cost between $30-$40 from in Branford and $19.99 from any does not carry Amaryllis in glass vases but does sell the bulbs for $7.99.