I have been growing amaryllis bulbs for years. I plant them in the garden in the summer and bring them in late Oct or early Nov. I use a coil of copper tubing to stake the amaryllis. When I pant the bulbs, I put the copper coil, (usually around three bulbs of the same ) (I buy them at Lowe's) around the outside of the pot. As the stalk grows, the coil is lifted to form a spiral. It looks very nice.
i bought some new amaryllis this year from Wayside Gardens. Buy one get one. I bought one named Hercules. It's a ruby pink. It is suppose to have very strong stems that will not need staking. I'll let you know! I bought four different kinds of Amaryllis---I can only find the same kinds here locally. Red Lion, Minerva, Apple Blossom. I like them but want to diversify. I plant all my A. at one time and keep them in a cool, dry, place (downstairs garage). I bring up a few at a time and I have blooms for months. Really right into Spring when the bulbs outside are blooming. It helps keep the winter duldrums away for me.