Winter is rapidly approaching and soon our landscapes will become dormant. This is the time of year that we begin to migrate towards gardening indoors. One of the easiest and most rewarding projects is growing... Amaryllis.
This months topic... Growing Amaryllis Indoors
Amaryllis belongs to the genus Hippeastrum. Their sometimes called Magic Lilies or Resurrection Lily. It is a true bulb that was originally native to tropical areas of South America and Southern Africa. Here in Colorado... Amaryllis must be grown indoors, as they are not winter hardy.
The bulbs available today are mostly hybrids that took many years to develop. These hybrid bulbs can be readily found for growing indoors in kit form or in bulk at your local Garden Center in shades of red, pink, white, salmon, orange, and bi-colors.
When shopping for bulbs choose one that is firm to the touch. Larger bulbs often tend to produce more stalks and flowers than smaller diameter bulbs. Avoid purchasing bulk Amaryllis bulbs that have begun to grow stalks in the display bin.
The next step...
Potting your Indoor Amaryllis Bulb
essentials for success... Water, Light and Temperature
In the home or office the Amaryllis bulb should be kept at 70 to 75 degrees in a well lighted area. Southern exposure is usually best. Once your Amaryllis plant begins to flower... it should be moved to a cooler location to extend the flower life.
Indoor Amaryllis make great holiday gifts...
To learn more about these fascinating
winter flowering plants the Royal Horticultural Society has published a great book called
Hippeastrum: The Gardeners Amaryllis
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