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What to Do with Amaryllis Bulbs After They Bloom

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jan 23, 2015 10:10:00 AM

I'm a plant lover and it's hard for me to throw out a plant -- especially a houseplant. I tend to keep them around for years. Like the Christmas cactus in my office that my son brought home from first grade...back in 1994. But I feel differently about amaryllis.

Storing amaryllis bulbs from one year to the next is a bother and you can't always count on getting flowers. With a freshly-purchased amaryllis bulb, I know I'll get great results every time. So I treat amaryllis like I do fresh flowers. Once a bulb has finished blooming, I simply throw it out.

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Topics: amaryllis

New for 2015: Kaveri Oriental-Asiatic Lily

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jan 16, 2015 10:10:00 AM

 

It takes a lot of patience to be a plant breeder. Bringing a new variety to market often involves decades of trial and error. And if you're trying to produce a hybrid that combines two entirely different species, the challenge is much greater.

In the lily world, plant breeders have introduced a number of inter-species hybrids that have met with great success. Large and sweetly fragrant OT lilies, such as Purple Prince and Yelloween, were created by crossing Oriental lilies with Trumpet lilies. Richly colored LA hybrids such as Fangio and Yellow Diamond combine the best features of Longiflorum and Asiatic lilies.

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Topics: summer-blooming flowers

"When Will My Amaryllis Bulbs Bloom?"

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jan 9, 2015 12:10:00 PM

If you've ever grown more than one amaryllis bulb at a time, you may have wondered why some bulbs sprout more quickly than others. There's always a bit of mystery as to how fast a plant will grow and when it will bloom, but with amaryllis, much of this depends on where the bulb was grown, when you plant it and which variety you choose.

Bulb Origin

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Topics: Indoor Bulbs, amaryllis

Double Amaryllis Inspiration

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Dec 15, 2014 12:18:25 PM

Enjoy twice the flowering beauty with double amaryllis! A beautiful variation of the regular flowering version, double amaryllis feature buds that burst open to reveal layers of petals, creating a 'double' look to the big bloom. Double amaryllis come in a variety of colors from white to red and pinks in between. The Nymph Series is a particularly interesting series of amaryllis. Nymph amaryllis have shorter stems, making them naturally sturdy to hold the big double blooms that burst upward. Available in 4 pretty colors, The Nymph Series includes Sweet Nymph (pictured above), Nymph, Cherry Nymph and White Nymph

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Topics: Indoor Bulbs, amaryllis

Great Ideas For Gifting Amaryllis Bulbs

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Dec 12, 2014 1:08:59 PM

Giving an amaryllis is almost as much fun as receiving one! With so many ways to put together a spectacular amaryllis gift, it's no wonder they are such a popular winter flower. The fun of giving (and getting) an amaryllis bulb is that it will continue to bloom and brighten up winter long after the sparkling lights of the holiday season have been put away.

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Topics: Indoor Bulbs

Not Seeing Red -- Amaryllis Bulbs for the Holidays and Beyond

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Dec 8, 2014 12:10:00 PM

How and why red became the color of Christmas is up for debate. Some trace it back to medieval times or even earlier. Whatever the reasons, this is the season for red, and for holiday-themed plants that means holly, poinsettias and amaryllis.

By the time January rolls around, many of us are eager to see something other than red. Amaryllis make it easy to satisfy that craving, because while it's hard to top a velvety red amaryllis, there are some truly spectacular alternatives. Plant a few bulbs now and you'll have flowers blooming throughout January and February. Here's a quick look at a few of the options.

 

If you try just one alternative to red, make it this one. Exotica is a totally gorgeous color -- coral pink with a green reverse. The patterns on the petals remind me of butterfly wings.

 

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Topics: Indoor Bulbs

Amaryllis Bulb Size: What the Measurements Mean and Why They Matter

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Dec 2, 2014 12:10:00 PM

If you've shopped for amaryllis bulbs, you may have wondered whether there's really much difference between one bulb and another. Do you need to care about the size of the bulb?

To get a good value for your money, the answer is yes. With amaryllis there's a clear relationship between bulb size and performance.

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Topics: Indoor Bulbs

Planting Paperwhites and Amaryllis Bulbs in Recycled Containers

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 21, 2014 12:10:00 PM

I have a friend who always brings such nice hostess gifts when she comes for dinner. Nothing expensive, just a little something and usually homemade. Last time she brought a small bundle of dried beans, still in their pods and tied together with raffia.

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Topics: Indoor Bulbs

6 Tips for Growing Paperwhites

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 14, 2014 12:10:00 PM

Where I live, winter is long and having fresh flowers around the house helps keep me sane. I love their beauty and fragrance, but it’s their aliveness that really feeds my soul. And that’s what I like best about paperwhites. For me, their succulent, spring green leaves are just as alluring as the flowers. And when the flowers do open, they have a freshness you can't get with cut flowers.

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Topics: Indoor Bulbs

Adventures in Late Fall Bulb Planting

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Nov 7, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Every year I say I’m going to plant bulbs early enough in the fall season so that my fingers are not freezing off as I’m planting bulbs in the soil. Last year I had high hopes, but come November 1 I still had not gottten around to planting due to a combination of busy work days and busy mom nights. By the weekend of Thanksgiving we were looking at temps that were freezing the soil here in the upper midwest and snow starting to stick on the ground. I knew I’d be in a chilly situation despite my best intentions.

If you haven’t planted yet, no worries! You still have time! There are a couple of extra supplies you’ll need including 1) a warm coat and 2) a hot cup of your favorite beverage of choice. 

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