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Amaryllis Care

from Canada Blooms
by Canada Blooms
November 23, 2016

As we move into the holiday season there is nothing that brings joy and colour like plants and flowers. When people think Christmas they tend to think of the following Christmas Cactus, Holly, Mistletoe, Rosemary, of course Poinsettia. But more recently the Amaryllis has started to become the holiday plant of choice.

The Amaryllis is one of the easiest bulbs to grow and bloom. And their plump blooms atop long stems can add some brightness in the dull winter. There are a wide variety of colours available and they make a great holiday gift that you can enjoy throughout the year.

For indoor care, here are some tips

• Place in a bright, warm location indoors. Avoid direct sunlight.

• Keep temperature Moderate, 60-70 degrees.

• Keep the soil moist. Don't over water, and avoid getting water inside the neck of the bulb.

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• Use an all-purpose house plant liquid food, once a month.

• As the stems grow tall and bloom, the container or terrarium should be turned slightly every day to prevent the Amaryllis from leaning.

• After the plant has flowered and when the foliage has yellowed, cut it off just above the top of the bulb. Leave the pot dry for about 3 months then begin watering again.

Take note that some plants may be toxic when ingested. Keep plants out of reach of pets and children.

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