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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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Spring Bulbs in Zones 8-10? Yes!

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 4, 2014 12:10:00 PM

Nothing says spring like a colorful bed of tulips or daffodils. That's true even in warm climates, where winters are mild and there's rarely a frost.

But spring-blooming bulbs are native to cold climates, and if the bulbs aren't exposed to a few months of wintery temperatures, the flowers don't develop properly. Gardeners in zones 8-10 need to trick these bulbs into blooming by putting them through an artificial winter before they get planted.

This chilling period means keeping the bulbs at 35 to 45°F for between 12 and 20 weeks. The length of time depends on the type of flower bulb. Cold temperatures cause a bio-chemical response inside the bulb that “turns on” flower formation and initiates root growth. Without a chilling period, the bulbs may try to bloom, but their stems will be short and the blossoms malformed.

If you live in zones 8-10, the best time to start chilling your spring bulbs is in the fall, right after you receive them. To learn more about pre-chilling bulbs and which ones work best, read our new article: How to Grow Spring Bulbs in Warm Climates.

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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs, Spring Blooming Flowers, Tulips

Landscaping With Spring-Blooming Bulbs

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 31, 2014 12:10:00 PM

It's amazing how a bed of tulips, daffodils and other spring-blooming bulbs can transform an ordinary yard or garden into a showplace that’s the talk of the neighborhood. These cheery flowers have a big impact, and they're in full bloom when winter-weary eyes need them most (and other landscape plants are still asleep).

Spring bulbs are tough and dependable. They aren't fazed by cold weather, are not fussy about soil, and are happy to grow in sun or shade. Best of all, they require almost no care. Just plant them in the fall and look forward to an incredible burst of spring color.

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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs, Spring Blooming Flowers, daffodils

What to Plant Now: Darwin Hybrid Tulips

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 24, 2014 12:10:00 PM

If only have room for one type of tulip in your garden, it should be a Darwin Hybrid. Worldwide, they are the most popular of all tulips and it’s easy to see why.

Darwin Hybrids are big, burly tulips. Their blossoms typically measure 4 to 5” across and have that classic tulip shape: wide at the base with a broad cup and narrower top. The flowers come in a rainbow of rich, saturated colors that range from white through yellow, orange, red, pink and several stunning bi-colors.

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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs, Tulips