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I cannot walk into a nursery or florist at this time of year without taking home a plant or two. Recently, I popped into a local flower shop to buy some potting soil and a little succulent for a pot I had just purchased and I walked out with an amaryllis. I’m sure within the next week or two I will also be the proud new owner of a poinsettia and perhaps some paperwhites. I feel like holiday blooms are festive necessities like the retro decorations I’ve had since I was a kid!
In the past, I’ve grown my amaryllis from a bulb (I like to choose a different type every year), but this year, because I’m a little behind, I opted for a plant that was already potted and just about to bloom.
If you happen to have a bulb that you’re about to plant, here are a few amaryllis-growing tips that I shared in one of last December’s newsletters:
- Soak the bulb’s roots in lukewarm water for a few hours.
- Plant the bulb in a container that’s only an inch or so larger than the bulb itself, using a lightweight potting soil. When planted, the top third of the bulb should remain above the soil.
- Place the pot in a warm spot in direct light, and only water it when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.
- Once the bud and leaves appear, begin to water it more thoroughly. You’ll be graced with amaryllis flowers of your own just a few weeks after planting.