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Amaryllis

The Amaryllis is native to South Africa and regions of South America. The first European mention of the flower was in 1698. It became very popular in Grea Britain during the Victorian Era and was known in the United States from the mid-1800’s.

Pot Amaryllis is light, rich soil – 1 bulb per 6 inch container. The upper half of the bulb should be exposed above the soil. At the time of planting water thoroughly, but then let the soil dry out completely. When the flower stalk appears, water more frequently. Never water the bulb if the soil is still moist. Place the plant in a warm, sunny spot until the flower buds show color. Then remove the plant to a position out of direct sunlight.

When blooming has finished, cut off the flowers. Treat the plant as a sun loving houseplant. When it is warm enough outside, put the potted bulb in a place where it will receive dappled sunlight. In about three weeks, bury the bulb in its pot in the soil in a place where it will receive 5-6 hours of sunlight daily. Fertilize with houseplant food several times during the spring and summer.

In the fall, before the first frost, dig the potted bulb up and bring it indoors. Place it in a dark, dry location until its leaves begin to dry. Cut the dried leaves off and leave the plant to rest for a total of eight weeks. Bring the plant out of the dark after eight weeks, repot if necessary. If not, add some new soil to the top of the pot.

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