What to Know About the Amaryllis
 
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The Amaryllis flower is extremely popular for the holiday season here in the United States. Giant Amaryllis love to rise to the occasion, make their presence known, and never fail to surprise. Our extra-large Giant Amaryllis bulbs from Bloomaker require no care and can produce multiple gorgeous blooms. They make beautiful hearth and centerpiece decorations and are equally as wonderful to give as gifts. Here are some fun facts about the Amaryllis plant that you may not have known before:

  • An Amaryllis plant can live for 75 years when properly cared for!

  • The origin of the name Amaryllis is the Greek word for sparkle. It was reclassified in the 1800s under the genus Hippeastrum, which is derived from the Greek words for horse and star.

  • Greek mythology has a story of a maiden named Amaryllis who grew scarlet flowers in her walking path after her heart was broken. When the flowers grew, the man she loved was enamored, her heart was healed, and thus the flowers got their name.

  • The U.S. imports more than 10 million Amaryllis bulbs every year. Here at Bloomaker, we source our Amaryllis flowers from Peru.

  • Amaryllis plants reproduce by growing "daughter" bulbs next to the "mother" bulbs.

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How to Regrow Your Bloomaker Amaryllis Bulbs
 
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One of our most frequently asked questions is how-to regrow Bloomaker bulbs, specifically Amaryllis bulbs, once they’ve stopped growing in your Bloomaker vase.

When first growing your Amaryllis bulbs make sure that there is always a little bit of water just underneath the bottom of the Giant Amarylis. This will enhance the growth of the stem and flowers. Place your vase in a sunny place where the sun can shine abundantly. The Amaryllis is a tropical plant and grows best in warm temperatures. 75º Fahrenheit is the ideal temperature for them. Within 2 weeks you should see the first flowers blooming. 

While your Amaryllis plant is growing, you can support the stems if they begin to get longer than 15” otherwise the stems may break and ruin your beautiful flower.

3 months after purchasing you will likely stop seeing blooms. This is when you can begin following steps for regrowing your bulbs for the next season! The steps for regrowing your bulbs always depend on your environment and climate zones as well as the condition of your bulb. You can find your climate zone here.

In climate zones 3 through 6:

  1. Cut the leaves off the plant until you reach the upper part of the bulb (this is called the neck of the bulb).

  2. Replant the bulb in a large pot with moist soil.

  3. Keep it far away from frost (remember, this is a tropical plant) and put it away for storage in your garage or a colder area in your house.

  4. When spring begins and outside frost is no longer expect, place the pot outside and keep the soil moist at all times.

  5. Bring the pot inside at the end of August.

  6. Cut the leaves until you reach the neck of the bulb.

  7. Store it in a colder area of the house (i.e. garage/basement).

  8. You can bring the pot in the house beginning November and around Christmas, you should have flowers again!

  9. Repeat all steps again for the next year.

In climate zones 7 and 8:

  1. Cut the leaves off the plant until you reach the upper part of the bulb (this is called the neck of the bulb).

  2. Store the Amaryllis at a colder place in your house (i.e. garage/basement) while keeping it far away from frost (remember, this is a tropical plant).

  3. When spring begins and frost is no longer expected outside, replant the Amaryllis bulb in your garden outside in a sunny place.

  4. Keep the soil moist at all times.

  5. Let the Amaryllis grow and when fall begins you should cut the leaves and cover the amaryllis bulbs to protect it from frost.

  6. Early spring take off the cover over the bulb and let the bulb begin regrowing.

  7. Your Amaryllis should start flowering in early May.

In climate zones 9 through 11:

  • Cut leaves off the plant until you reach the upper part of the bulb (this is called the neck of the bulb).

  • Replant the bulb in your garden in a sunny place and be sure to keep the soil moist at all times.

  • Once a year, flowers should re-bloom. This will most likely occur after a colder period of weather.

If you have other questions about regrowing particular Bloomaker bulbs check out our FAQ page.

 
Bloomaker is Growing!
 
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We are pleased to announce that we will bring our production of amaryllis bulbs in house for quality-control purposes after previously relying on third-party suppliers for sourcing, planting and harvesting. We source the bulbs from our farm in Peru, where 50% of the world’s amaryllis crops are grown. The bulbs are shipped from Peru to our headquarters in Waynesboro, VA, (Augusta County), where they are planted, harvested, packaged, and shipped to retailers. This method allows us to control the size, number of stems, and number of flowers of our giant amaryllis. We are also able to control the timing of availability with the goal of making this traditionally winter flower available all year long.

We anticipate our largest holiday season in company history for our amaryllis blooms. We will produce and ship nearly 1 million amaryllis bulbs to stores across the country, including Costco, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, Harris Teeter, Martin’s and Whole Foods, from our Waynesboro headquarters. This is a 425% increase in amaryllis sales in the past five years.

“The decision to bring the production of the amaryllis in house was necessary for us to be able to offer the most beautiful and highest quality blooms to consumers,” said Joep Paternostre, Bloomaker’s owner. “We also knew this decision would mean an expansion within and beyond our Waynesboro headquarters. Bloomaker has blossomed since locating in Augusta County, and our expansion plans will ensure we can continue to grow.”

“We’re proud to see the continuous growth of Bloomaker, both here in Augusta County and worldwide,” said Carolyn Bragg, Vice-Chair of the Augusta County Board of Supervisors and representative of the South River District where Bloomaker is located. “Bloomaker upholds the strong agricultural background of our region and brings its modern twist to both our agriculture industry and to the floral industry.”

A previous recipient of a Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development grant, we ship 14 million tulip bulbs, nearly 1 million amaryllis bulbs, and 500,000 hyacinth bulbs from Augusta County each year. Next up is a multi-million dollar expansion of our Augusta County facility. We currently employ 100+ part-time, seasonal workers to assist in planting, harvesting, packaging and shipping our blooms. If you are interested in job opportunities please check in with us here.

 
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How to Plant Amaryllis Bulbs
 

Wondering what the best way to plant your dry amaryllis bulbs is?

In order to answer this frequently asked question, we made a video showing your how to plant your amaryllis bulbs in both a pot and vase of your choice. Following the instructions in this video will yield the best results. Be sure to subscribe to our new YouTube channel here for future content.

 
Bloomaker's Recent Trip to the Netherlands
 
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In April, several team members visited the Netherlands on behalf of Bloomaker. This was not only a great opportunity to learn more about some of our tulip facilities, but also to learn more about the culture of the Netherlands.

Our team members were able to visit the Keukenhof Flower Gardens. There is a tulip show here from mid-March to mid-May every year. In annual preparation, over 7 million tulip bulbs are planted.

 
 
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They also visited the Rembrandt Museum which is located Amsterdam. This museum is focused on the work of Dutch painter, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, who lived from 1606-1669 and is considered one of the greatest visual artists in history.

 
 
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Some fun facts they learned:

  • Any flower fields grown in the Netherlands are for bulb sales while cut flowers (for bouquets and general sales) are actually grown in greenhouses instead.

  • All land is precious in the Netherlands because of the country’s smaller size so any available space is utilized for some type of revenue generating operation like farming, flower production, wind/solar energy production, housing, etc.

 
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How to Reuse Your Bloomaker Vase
 

One of our most frequently asked questions on social media is “How can I reuse my Bloomaker vase?”

While you can simply reuse your vase for a new bouquet of flowers, we came up with some more creative ways to use it as well. Check out the video above for some fun and easy DIYs using Bloomaker vases that you can do at home. Be sure to subscribe to our new YouTube channel here for future content.

 
Spring Gift Ideas from Bloomaker
 
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Spring is many people’s favorite time of year, mainly due to the beautiful budding flowers and trees. For Bloomaker, spring is our busiest time of year for our hydroponic bulb distribution. Our beautiful tulip, hyacinth and daffodil bulbs are shipped to stores across the country ready to bring a taste of spring to homes.

With just a few more months left in our hydroponic bulb season, here are 5 gift-giving ideas for sharing our Bloomaker flowers with someone you love (including yourself!):

  1. Bring an Easter host gift of your favorite Bloomaker bulbs. Our flowers make a great gift because they require very little care!

  2. Earth Day tidings: what better way to celebrate our planet than to give a gift that contains a bit of the magic that Mother Nature provides? Our bulbs are a living and growing delight. Bonus points for finding a unique way to reuse our vase! A couple of innovative ideas to get you thinking: our vases make great terrariums and candy dishes!

  3. Administrative Professionals Day! Say “thank you” with a little bit of spring joy to share with your colleagues. Buy the bulbs before they bloom, and your admin can enjoy them for weeks!

  4. An easy way to any mom’s heart this Mother’s Day! Give a special mom, aunt, grandmother, or any mother figure a gift that reflects her nurturing spirit.

  5. Don’t forget your teachers! You’ve got a whole week to show your love during Teacher Appreciation Week May 6-10! Brighten their week with a vase full of our bulbs. They can even watch the flowers grow with their class (a science lesson!).