December 05, 2013

All is Bright


                         As you can see, I am starting to get into the Christmas spirit. 

In case you are interested, here are a few Amaryllis planting tips and tricks...

Check inside the box before you buy an Amaryllis to make sure the blub is healthy. Sometimes the buds are already growing. That's fine. I once bought one that was pushing its way out of the box!

Your Amaryllis will bloom earlier if you soak the roots overnight. Just pop it into a bowl, and add just enough water to cover the roots. The following day, mix the soil in the kit with water. I add a little soil to pot and a little water. (The soil will be very wet.)  Once the soil is ready, dig a hole and plant the bulb being careful not to crush the roots. Leave an inch or more of the bulb above ground, you may have less soil than that--no problem. Place the plant in the sun, or bright light, turn occasionally for even growth, and water only when the soil gets dry.  (If you do not soak the roots or add water to the soil as you go, an Amaryllis can take up to two months to bloom.)

If you haven't planted an Amaryllis before, I'll warn you that they are top heavy; to keep them from taking a swan dive brace with dowels, alders etc.  For added stability, tie raffia or other ribbon around the stocks and leaves and anchor to the dowel.


  Amaryllis will also bloom the following season, or later if cared for properly.
The tall Amaryllis should be bright red, but sometimes I get a surprise.
I think of Santa as The Spirit of Giving. I love to collect Santas.
Have a wonderful weekend!

1 comment:

  1. For the reader who left the lovely comment about my Santas under the post "Samplers," thank you!

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