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What are the holidays without Amaryllis? Not quite as lovely! And what a spectacular hostess gift!!
- Choose large, firm bulbs – grapefruit size will give you the most blooms for your buck
- Before bloom, keep your Amaryllis in a sunny window away from cold drafts.
- when the flower buds start to show color, move your plant OUT of direct sunlight to a bright, indirect sunlit area
- water well, letting the water drain out the bottom, then let it dry out before watering again.
- cooler temps in lower light levels will prolong the blooms
- Once the bloom is gone, you can treat it like a sun-loving houseplant.
- cut the blooms off so they don’t form seeds
- leave the foliage till it’s yellowed
- when it warms up in Spring, you can plant your amaryllis, pot and all, in a sunny spot
- bring back into the house before the first frost
- store in a dark closet with no water for 8 to 12 weeks, letting the bulbs rest
- When new growth starts, repeat above process!
Some new cultivars for 2017