Let Amaryllis Provide Late Winter Color   Leave a comment

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Amaryllis are so easy to grow and give such a great show in the late winter when you feel like spring will never get here.  If you receive one as a gift, keep it after it finishes blooming.  Cut the flower stalks down (watch out for water that will pour out of it) and keep the pot with the leaves in the house, watered, until it’s nice and warm outside.  Then I plant mine in my perennial garden, hidden behind some other plant.  Just let it grow all summer, it won’t do much, but it will be storing energy in its bulb.  Come September, I dig mine up, plant them back in a pot (a large one, they can get top-heavy when the tall flower stalk comes up), cut the leaves off, and stick it in my basement in the dark until Christmas.  After Christmas I bring the pots upstairs to a warm, sunny spot, water, and soon I see green shoots coming up (leaves).  Usually that is followed in a week or two with a fatter shoot, which is the flower bud.  They look nicest in groups of 3 or more in a large pot. This variety is called Amalfi.  Bella!

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Posted March 26, 2009 by cindyeo in amaryllis

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