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• Place the planted bulbs in a cool bright spot; remove faded flowers promptly to increase the life of the remaining flowers.
• After flowering, cut off the faded flowers and let the leaves continue to grow and develop. Provide regular water.
• In May, place your pot in a sheltered shady spot in your garden. In September, refrain from watering. In October, remove pot and all from garden, trim foliage and place in a dry cool but frost-free location. In January, remove old roots and repot in fresh soil. You will enjoy flowers again indoors come late winter.
“With amaryllis, bulb size matters because large bulbs produce more stems, more flowers and larger flowers than younger smaller bulbs,” says Ziegler.
“Larger bulbs also make saving the bulbs from year to year easy and rewarding. Each year the show just gets better.”
In addition to garden centers, you can find amaryllis bulbs through:
The Gardener’s Workshop at www.shoptgw.com or 1-888-977-7159.
Brent and Becky’s Bulbs at www.brentandbeckysbulbs.com or 1-877-661-2852.
Color Blends at www.colorblends.com or 1-888-847-8637.
Longfield-Gardens at www.longfield-gardens.com or 1-855-534-2733.
Note: For ways to use amaryllis, as well as paperwhites, for holiday gifts and decorating, visit Dig. Drop.Done at www.digdropdone.com.