This is an ideal way to overwinter an amaryllis

This is an ideal way to overwinter an amaryllis

Rest period extends from August to December

From a calendar point of view, the hibernation of an amaryllis ends before the beginning of winter. In order for a knight's star with its exotic blossoms to illuminate the Advent and Christmas season in a colorful way, the onion needs a resting phase in advance. This care is important:

  • From August no more watering and fertilizing
  • Spend the Ritterstern in a dark, cool location in September
  • In October, cut the leaves off the onion

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Hibernation takes place in a well-regulated manner when the temperatures are between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius. Given these dark, dry and cool conditions, the onion can regenerate and regain its strength for a further flowering period.

So the wintering ends

The break is drawing to a close in November. The anticipation of a picturesque knight star blossom increases. Now take a close look at the plant. If root strands grow out of the opening in the bottom of the pot, the onion is too tight in its pot. You should therefore plant the amaryllis in fresh substrate. From this point on, water regularly again. At the same time, the knight's star takes its usual place on the sunny, warm window sill again.


If you repot a knight star at the end of the winter period, look out for brood bulbs for propagation. A carefully cared for onion diligently produces daughter onions. From a diameter of 3 cm, cut off the offspring. Potted in a mix of flower and cactus soil, the mini onions transform into a new amaryllis in no time at all.