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5. Bits About the Amaryllis
In your continued task to find the perfect flowers and plants for you gardens and for use in your greenhouse, I have been investigating the Amaryllis a little more in detail. This is a very widely used plant that will produce blooms easily for gardeners in many grow zones when the environment is warmer. You can grow Amaryllis in your garden during the summer months or in your greenhouse during the winter months.
You will find that it is easy to grow Amaryllis in a pot that you can take in the house or on the porch when you are rearranging for the different seasons. Amaryllis donít require much of a pot, actually using a pot that leaving only two inches of dirt around the bulb itself will be sufficient when you are growing Amaryllis in your greenhouse or on your deck. One note here, if you are going to grow Amaryllis in a large pot you will find that you may not get as many flowers because the bulb is concentrating on filling out in the leaves and in the stalk where if you use a smaller pot you will be bigger and brighter flowers and blooms.
When planting this particular bulb in a pot, use a few stones in the bottom with a loose potting soil for around the bulb. Amaryllis needs good drainage so that the bulb will not rot in the pot.
As your bulb is growing and peaking out of the soil you will only need minimal sunlight for this pot. When the bulb is growing into a stalk and it is about five to ten inches high you will want to start placing it in the full sunlight when possible.
The Amaryllis will grow up to two feet tall with a very sturdy but hollow stalk that will support the flowers. When your plant does mature and blooms, you will be able to keep the flowers longer when you keep it in a cool but still sunny place in the greenhouse or in your home. Amaryllis flowers can last from three to six weeks depending on the environment that it is being kept in.
Amaryllis bulbs and plants will thrive best when they are kept in an environment that is over fifty five-degree Fahrenheit but still less than eighty degrees. This is an easy to grow plant that produces wonderful deep colored flowers, where after the flowers have bloomed, you can reduce the water and the sunlight that it gets for about a month, and then start watering it again to promote new growth for new flowers.
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