Messy Kid Fun: Plant Amaryllis

Amaryllis  © tuelekza -
Amaryllis © tuelekza –
Amaryllis before planting in its dormant stage
Amaryllis before planting in its dormant stage

Messy kid fun can be had gardening when snow is still on the ground by planting amaryllis bulbs.  Amaryllis bulbs grow fairly quickly and they generally flower less than a month from planting so it’s a great gardening experience for children.

Amaryllis one week after planting
Amaryllis one week after planting


  1. boxed amaryllis bulbs which come complete with plastic pot and compressed planting medium (if you have loose amaryllis bulbs, then you will need potting mix and 4-6″ diameter planting pot and a saucer to catch water).  Amaryllis bulbs are seasonally available in the fall and can be found deeply discounted once Christmas has passed.  I found boxed kits for about $1.00 in the clearance aisle of a local retailer after the holidays.
  2. newspaper to cover table for easy clean up
  3. large kid-friendly spoon or sand tool for moving mix from bowl to pot
  4. water (I use the sink sprayer) to water the planted bulbs right after planting

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