After the Holidays and Amaryllis Care

Jessica's amaryllis has yet to bloom (she picked a SLOW one!)  but some of our listeners have been enjoying their's this Holiday season. 

If you would like to enjoy yours in the following year, follow some of these tips after it has bloomed: 

Clip the spent stalks. 

Continue to water and fertilize allowing the leaves to fully develop and grow. Once they start to yellow, they are signally dormancy. Go ahead and clip those leaves back to about 2 inches about the bulb. Remove from the soil. 

Store the bulbs in cool, dark place (possibly the refrigerator) for approximately 6 weeks. You may need to mark the dates on a calendar as a reminder! 

After the cold treatment. plant the bulb and it should flower in approximately 8 weeks. 

Also on our to do list is taking down the live Christmas tree and lights. Even with adequate water, trees still dry out significantly after a month indoors and can create hazards. 

It is important to remove those lights on shrubs and trees before the upcoming growing season otherwise growth can be impacted. Looks like we will have a couple of nice days above freezing so we'll try and tackle these tasks! 


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