Plant a Dramatic Amaryllis
Hippeastrum (commonly known as amaryllis) provide the biggest, boldest flowers of winter, and can even be bought preforced so that they bloom in time for the holidays.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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When to Plant: Autumn
At Its Best: Winter
Time to Complete: A few hours during the year
- 1 Hippeastrum bulb
- multi-purpose soil
- balanced liquid fertilizer
Soak the bulb roots in a basin of lukewarm water for a few hours. This will soften them and encourage the bulb to come into growth again.
Plant in Container
Choose a pot, just larger than the bulb itself, that has a drainage hole. Fill the base with soil, place the bulb on top and add more soil. Leave the top third of the bulb protruding.
Leave to Shoot
Water the bulb well to help settle the soil, then place the pot in a bright, warm spot at about 70 degrees F. Water sparingly until new leaves develop; then water regularly, keeping it moist.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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Use these tips to grow bouquets of fresh flowers right outside your back door.