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Amaryllis: The Beauty of the Bud

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Dec 16, 2016
If you have been in a high end floral shop recently, you may have noticed a growing trend: amaryllis as cut flowers. I don’t know if this has been driven by supply (commercial growers) or demand (floral designers), but it’s great to see. On their own or as part of a larger arrangement, amaryllis flowers are surprising, glamorous
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Topics: Amaryllis , Indoor Bulbs

Amaryllis: A Simple Gift

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Dec 09, 2016
The halls are decked, the weather is turning colder and it’s that time of the year when we all scramble for holiday gifts for everyone on our list. In addition to all the other preparations leading up to the holidays, gifting can be stressful if you let it! Fortunately, I found a way to give a thoughtful, unique and beautiful gift
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Topics: Amaryllis , Gardening with Kids , Indoor Bulbs , Inspiration

How to Know When Amaryllis Bulbs Will Flower

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Dec 02, 2016
If you recently purchased an amaryllis bulb and are wondering when it will bloom, read on! Though watching and waiting is all part of the fun, this post will give you a good idea of what to expect. There are at least three variables that influence amaryllis bloom time: where the bulb was produced, when you plant it
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Topics: Amaryllis , Big Blooms , Indoor Bulbs

How to Plant an Indoor Amaryllis Garden

Posted by Longfield Gardens on Dec 17, 2015
As a longtime gardener, I love to push the limits to see how creative I can be. While shopping at one of my favorite garden centers, Molbak’s in Woodinville, WA, several ideas for growing amaryllis bulbs came to mind that I haven’t seen others illustrate. One of them being – why hasn’t anyone tried planting amaryllis
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Topics: Amaryllis , Home Decor , Indoor Bulbs , Inspiration

Amaryllis and Paperwhites: Inspiration Is Everywhere!

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Dec 11, 2015
Amaryllis and paperwhites may be some of the easiest bulbs to grow. They are the perfect gift that keeps on giving long after the Christmas trees and holiday decor come down. Amaryllis have big, bright blooms that are spectacular during the dreary days of winter when we are all sick of seeing gray. If you plant a few
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Topics: Amaryllis , Home Decor , Indoor Bulbs , Inspiration , Paperwhites , Scilla maderiensis

Growing Amaryllis with Kids: 6 Fun Projects

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Dec 03, 2015
We find that most kids get just as excited about growing amaryllis as we do. It’s hard not to be impressed by the size of the bulbs and flowers that are as big as your head! If you haven’t planted an amaryllis with a child, give one of these projects a try. Or just put a few bulbs out on the table and see what
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Topics: Amaryllis , Indoor Bulbs

“Gardening Makes the Best Snow Days”

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Feb 06, 2015
If you live in an area where winter has been ‘exciting,’ you are no stranger to snow storms. If you’re a parent of school-aged children, you are also familiar with what snow days can do to your previously well-planned day. As a full-time work at home parent, a snow day for me means my children
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Topics: Amaryllis , Gardening with Kids , Indoor Bulbs

What to Do with Amaryllis Bulbs After They Bloom

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jan 23, 2015
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
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Topics: Amaryllis , Indoor Bulbs

“When Will My Amaryllis Bulbs Bloom?”

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jan 09, 2015
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,
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Topics: Amaryllis , Indoor Bulbs

Double Amaryllis Inspiration

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Dec 15, 2014
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
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Topics: Amaryllis , Indoor Bulbs

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Kathleen LaLiberte has been writing about gardening for more than 30 years from her home in northern Vermont, where she tends a half acre of flowers, vegetables and fruit. She has been working with Longfield Gardens since 2011.

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