Winter Blooms - The Amaryllis
During the winter, there is that time when people who like to garden start missing flowers in their lives. That need to have something green and growing makes the winter seem shorter if you can grow inside. If you want some blooms back in your life, grow an Amaryllis. Around Christmas they are easy to find in the stores for gift giving and you can pick up some very good deals on them right after Christmas. Many people grow them and after they are done blooming, discard them. Keep that bulb for another year of enjoyment. Here is how you do it.
- After the bloom is gone you can remove the bloom stalk. Cut it within an inch of the bulb.
- Continue to grow the plant during the spring and summer. Fertilize it with a indoor liquid fertilizer on a regular bases. Your plant will make additional leaves during this time and it will be storing energy back into the bulb. I like to put my Amaryllis outside on the porch in indirect light for the summer.
- In late August, start cutting back on water. You will notice that the plants leaves will start turning yellow and die. The bulb will be just fine. Stop all watering. Remove the dead leaves.
- Store the dormant bulb in a cool dark place for at least 8 weeks. Your bulb is now resting.
- Replant the bulb in fresh potting soil about 5 to 6 weeks from the time you would like to see it bloom again. I like my Amaryllis to bloom in January or February when I am getting tired of snow and cold weather and need some blooms in my life.
If you enjoy growing Amaryllis, start a collection. There are many different bloom colors and types from double blooms to very unusual blooms.
I have been out working in the garden and it is exciting to see life coming back to the garden. After last years drought it is nice to know that all that watering was worth it!