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What you need:
  • Large, healthy amaryllis bulb
  • Pot
  • Crock or gravel
  • Well draining potting soil
Growing Amaryllis is an easy and rewarding gardening activity. Choose a bulb that is at least 2-1/2" in diameter. The larger the bulb the more blooming spikes it will produce.
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Select a pot that is large enough to allow about 1" of open soil around the bulb. Be sure that the pot has a drainage hole.
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Place several crock in the bottom of the pot. It's very important for Amaryllis to be in well draining soil.
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The bulb should be planted so that 1/3 to 1/2 of it is exposed above the soil surface.
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Water thoroughly and place in a warm (65-75 degree F) sunny spot. After this first drenching, water sparingly until growth starts. Once growth starts, water regularly.
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The length of the flowering stalk can be regulated somewhat by the intensity of light and the growing temperature. Bright light and lower temperatures cause the most compact growth. Conversely, low light levels and high temperatures result in a longer stalk.
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After blooming, keep the Amaryllis in a sunny window. Let it dry out by not watering it for several weeks in the fall. Cut off the foliage and start this procedure all over again.