Vermont Garden Journal: Amaryllis Bulbs
The amaryllis bulb has become one of the symbols of the holiday season. Amaryllis bulbs have traditionally produced large, single flowers in the red, pink or white color range. Now there are unusual colored types with double flowers, striped flowers and dwarf selections.
Some varieties of amaryllis have names like "Black Pearl," "Apricot Parfait," "Evergreen" and "Cherry Nymph."
These colorful monikers give you an idea of the flower that the bulb will produce.
To grow amaryllis, pot them up into a container slightly larger than the bulb, leaving the top of the bulb exposed.
Water well and place the pot in a sunny, warm window. Flower stalks will form in a few weeks. Place wooden or metal stakes to support the stalks. The flowers can flop over from all their weight.
Pinch off spent flowers and flower stalks. Leave the strap like leaves to make a nice ornamental house plant throughout the winter.
This week's tip: Cut and collect wreath making materials now such as evergreen boughs, pine cones and winter berries. Keep them in a cool location such as a garage or basement until ready to decorate.