Around town most amaryllis bulbs are on sale. Being the end of the season these bulbs are still fine to force in bloom if they are not soft or rotten. The brightest flowers in our house in January are flowering amaryllis bulbs. I like to grow them in water, and here is how I do it. First, I find nice firm bulbs, and I make sure the top of the bulb has some green color. Once I get the bulb, I go to the base and remove all the roots except any white ones that are not shriveled up. Place the bulb in a vase filled with water making sure the water does not touch the base of the bulb, even if there are no white roots. From the image above you can see you want the base very close to the water, but if it touches the water it will rot. Remember, over time water will have to be added to the vase, as the water is absorbed by the bulb’s roots. Place the container (which in some cases may contain rock to support the bulb) in a sunny location for it to grow. Without good sunlight the flower stalk will get tall and leggy and will fall over if not staked, which is hard to do. Some bulbs will send up a flower stalk first, while others may have leaves and flower stalks. Now be patient and wait for the bloom stalk, which can take from a few days to several week before it appears. It is fun to watch the stalk grow and eventually bloom. Once the flower or flower stalks are finished blooming, remove them and plant the bulb, with its leaves, outside after freezing weather has passed.