Gardening Tips and Highlights

Amaryllis

The holiday brings the arrival of the Christmas poinsettia, holiday cactus and, of course, the Amaryllis – one of the most popular, showiest and easiest of the holiday bloomers to grow. 

Amaryllis are large bulbs and form their own family of bulbs, and there are different types based on flower structure and bloom time, but cultural requirements are the same for each. The flower comes in a color range from the ever-popular red to pink, white and bicolors. 

To plant amaryllis you should use any well-drained, potting soil, in a terra cotta or ceramic pot for added weight, as they are notoriously top heavy. Choose a pot that extends no more than one inch from the edges of the bulb. 

For proper blooming, they require a snug fit. Plant the bulb firmly with 1/4 -1/3 of the bulb above the soil line. Water well and place in a warm location.  From this point on, water on the lighter side until the flower stalk is 3 to 6 inches tall, after which watering can be increased to the point where the soil never dries out. 

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