Archive for January 6, 2010

The Amaryllis Lives on in The Garden

Did you know amaryllis transitions nicely from your holiday display to the garden for good?

Lucky for us, our zone 7 gardens suit this transition just fine.

Here’s what to do:

· Keep the amaryllis alive inside until after the treat of the last frost date in spring. For Raleigh, that 90 percentile magical date is April 15.

· Choose a location in the garden that receives full sun with afternoon shade for a little relief from our notably, hot afternoon summer sun.

· The soil should be well-drained and fertile with some phosphorus added. Bone meal or phosphorus fertilizer work fine.

· Remove the bulb from the pot and carefully, spread the roots.

· Plant the bulb just below the neck of the plant.

· Cover with 2 – 3 inches of mulch to aid in conserving water.

· Water in well.

· Keep mulched through the winter to enjoy your amaryllis for years to come.

Most likely, your amaryllis will not bloom again this year. Still, there will be nice strappy leaves to enjoy. Lightly fertilize monthly through August.

Next year in the late spring, your amaryllis should bloom again.

It is my understanding, hardy amaryllis are good into zone 6.

Helen Yoest is a garden writer and coach through her business Gardening with Confidence™

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