3 Beautiful Ways to Gift Wrap Amaryllis

Amaryllis make an impressive gift for family and friends. In a mere 4-6 weeks they grow from bulb stage to fully flowering. An average sized bulb typically sends up two stems, each with four stunning flowers.

However, they can pose a challenge for gift wrapping. Below are three of my favorite methods for easily wrapping amaryllis plants.

Child and Pet Safety

Amaryllis are Toxic

Before gifting, be aware that the amaryllis plant is toxic. This applies not only to the bulb, but also the leaves, stems and flowers as it grows.

If consumed, it can cause lethargy, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite or tremors. Should a child or pet eat any part of this plant it is critical to get them emergency medical care immediately.

Ribbon

The first method is to simply wrap a ribbon around the pot, allowing the bulb to grow unimpeded, providing a wider gifting window. Plants can also be started early to bloom for a specific event.

Consider the flower color when selecting a pot and ribbon for a more harmonious look. If you want an element of surprise, leave the flower color a mystery to the recipient.

Ribbon Wrapping Tips

To keep the ribbon from slipping on a tapered pot, use double sided tape in a few strategic locations.

A wide ribbon creates more of an impact than a thin one. In this example I’m using a 2″ (5 cm) wide ribbon on a 6 1/2″ (17 cm) diameter pot. 

Ribbons with built in wire edging hold a better shape. The ends can be bent into artistic curls.  

Wrapped Box

While more difficult, the second method using a wrapped box keeps the amaryllis a complete surprise. The wide variety of wrapping papers and decorations create unlimited effects.

If you are using a bulb that has already started to grow, like the one shown below, it is imperative that the gift be opened within a day of wrapping to prevent damage to the growing stem.

Box Wrapping Tips

Before wrapping, it’s a good idea to secure a loose saucer to its pot with easily removed tape.

To keep a loose pot from shifting in the box, wrap it or stuff the box with packing material. 

It’s necessary to pre-wrap the empty box, except for the top, as rotating the amaryllis in the box while wrapping it will spill the contents. Prefold the top to make taping it closed easier.

Once the box is ready, carefully slide the amaryllis inside.

Close the box and tape the wrapping paper shut. 

Add a decoration to designate the top of the box. Remind the recipient to open the present soon, keeping it upright.

Cellophane

The third method works well for a bulb that has broken dormancy, allowing it to be monitored if giving is delayed. The iridescent cellophane creates a more exotic look.

Opal iridescent cellophane was used for this project but it also comes in a wide array of colors that can be matched to specific holidays or events. While a bit tricky to source, it can be found at dedicated craft stores or Amazon.

Cellophane Wrapping Tips

Cut a long enough length of cellophane to extend well past the ribbons once it is gathered and tied. Place the pot in the center of the cellophane.

Gather the ends of the cellophane well above the bulb or stem, tucking the shorter sides in amongst the longer ends to help secure them. 

Tie a decorative ribbon around the gathered ends. In this project, several thin plastic ribbons were used.

When using plastic ribbon, carefully scrape the edge of an open scissor blade along the dull underside to curl the ends. It may take several attempts.

If the curls are too tight, gently tug the ends to loosen.

Be sure to provide instructions on the care of your gift. After blooming, amaryllis are typically composted or thrown out. Let the recipient know so that tossing the spent plant is guilt-free.

Hopefully this inspires you to consider gifting amaryllis. If you found this post helpful, please share it with your gardening friends.

This post is part of the Growing Amaryllis series.

About Jolene

I’m an avid gardener whose mission is to bring more beauty into the world. I believe that with the right information anyone can create their own lovely, small garden paradise.

When I’m not gardening you can find me exploring the Canadian Rockies. Learn more…

Jolene Rempel on Cirque Peak, Banff National Park.

About Jolene

I’m an avid gardener whose mission is to bring more beauty into the world. I believe that with the right information anyone can create their own lovely, small garden paradise.

When I’m not gardening you can find me exploring the Canadian Rockies. Learn more…

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