Monday, December 10, 2007

Growing and Caring for Amaryllis Indoors



Growing and Caring for Amaryllis Indoors
Here is anothet great article by my good friend Mike I thought you might enjoy.

Amaryllis bulbs are often given as gifts for the holidays,
later producing spectacular flowers to brighten the
recipient's home or office. Amaryllis bulbs can be found
in many stores in December, or in mail-order catalogs.
The bulbs are sold separately or already planted in pots.

If you're purchasing unpotted bulbs, choose those that are
large and feel solid. The largest bulbs will produce two
or more flower stalks and larger blooms. Select a pot for
the bulb that is an inch or two wider than the diameter of
the bulb, and plant the bulb in well-draining potting soil
that does not include pine bark. A mix of equal amounts of
perlite and peat can also be used for potting amaryllis bulbs.
The upper half to third of the bulb should remain above the
soil surface.

Once planted, water the pot well and place it in a location
where the temperature is 70-75 degrees. Some sources say
that the bulb should not be watered again until the bulb
sprouts. Once it sprouts, the soil should be kept moist but
not soggy.

After the bulb sprouts, move the plant to a sunny window and
give it a half-strength dose of fertilizer once or twice monthly.
Turn the pot each day to keep the flower stalk growing straight.
The stalk may need to be staked if it tends to lean.

Once the flowers appear, move the plant to an area with cooler
temperatures and indirect light. Cooler temperatures will prolong
the life of the blossoms.

When the flowers fade, cut off the flower stalks about an inch
above the bulb. Remove any dead foliage but leave the green
foliage on the plant so they can help the plant store energy.

Amaryllis bulbs will produce flowers year after year if treated
correctly. After the plant has finished blooming, move it back
to a sunny window and give it water when the soil surface is dry.
Continue fertilizing once or twice monthly until outdoor
temperatures stay well above freezing, generally in May.
Gradually expose the plant to outdoor temperatures and sunlight
for several days, then plant pot and all in a spot where it will
receive partial to full sun.

Bring the plant back indoors in mid-September and place it in a
cool, somewhat dark location such as an unheated garage or
basement to induce dormancy, and stop watering the plant.
Remove the leaves as they become brown, and keep the bulb at
a temperature of 50-55 degrees for 8-10 weeks. After this time the
plant can be moved back to its sunny window and watered well.
New growth will soon appear, followed by another round of lovely
blossoms.

(more personal stuff about Mike and Pam)
http://www.freeplants.com/stuff.htm

Have a great week!
-Mike McGroarty

P.S. The message board is here:
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7 comments:

waliz said...

i need to see how ths flower look like once it blooms...i will look for the pic in the internet...

steven wilson said...

Hi Waliz
I changed the image to show the amaryllis in bloom.
Thanks for bringing it to my attention to show it in bloom.
Steven

wildcatsthree said...

How beautiful; just what we need during our drab dark winter days.

MissKnowItAll said...

That is very good information for someone who knows absolutely nothing about flowers but loves having them. I could take those green things that get sold in pots (SR can't recall the name) from out of my sandy yard in the hot sun and pot them and they die, sigh. And since we seem to never stop moving, I'd prefer to put mine into pots so I can take them with me.

steven wilson said...

hi missknowitall
the idea of growing plants in pots is very good one for people on the move as you mention.Almost any plant can thrive in a pot if given the proper care pertaining to that plant.

Thanks for stopping by
Steven

Lacy said...

hi Steven, dropped by ur blog by way of wildcatsthree...i luv to garden, we have a veggie garden every spring...i will for sure b back...

claudette

steven wilson said...

Hi Claudette
Nice to have you with us here at granny's I look forward to sharing ideas with you.

steven