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Pot an Amaryllis NOW!

We know it's a bit early to be thinking about holiday gifts or decorations but if you follow these simple instructions NOW, you will have some really lovely items to work with.  It's very easy today and only requires a bit of early planning.
A cheerful amaryllis makes a wonderful holiday gift and you will want to plant some for yourself to enjoy and decorate with.  Below are the easy steps to follow so that you have great success.


Choose the container:  Measure the bulb or bulbs you are planning to pot and make sure that the size of planter is big enough.  You should go at least 2" larger in diameter than the size of the bulb and 2 inches deeper than the bulb with the roots.  You can plant in a glazed colorful container, a poly resin durable pot or the wildly used terracotta pot and saucer as shown.  Just make sure whatever you pick that it has a drain hole. 
2.  Add an inch or so of potting soil in the bottom of the pot.  Place the bulb in the container and add the mix around it being careful not to damage the roots.  Leave the top third of the bulb exposed.

3.  Moisten the soil and press it down gently to eliminate air pockets and make sure the bulb is sitting correctly and not leaning to one side or the other.  Put the amaryllis in a warm spot with indirect light.  Water lightly until the flower bud and leaves emerge.  Once this happens, move the potted bulb to a cooler area and water regularly.  Keep the soil moist but not soggy.  Keep the potted bulb away from bright light to extend the flowering.
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Post Last Updated: 12/19/2016 2:39:57 PM 

Around Your Yard In December

There are so many fun and interesting things that you can do in your yards & gardens now.  Below are a few suggestions.


Plant bulbs, daffodils are great to plant right now.  Don't wait until to late in the season.  By then the ground could be frozen and hard, making the chore much more difficult.  Cover citrus trees with frost cloth or old sheet when frost is predicted.  Care for your holiday poinsettias by removing decorative plastic or foil wrapping.  Keep the soil moist by watering.  Don't forget your indoor houseplants.  They need to be fertilized till the flowering stops.  Spread mulch over beds with bulbs, perennials, and shrubs to protect their roots during freeze and thaw cycles.

Cut branches for decor.  Trimming from trees and shrubs like evergreens, fir, holly, pine and redwood are ideal to use in garden pottery to create a decorative and lush display.  Make sure when trimming that you cut downward growing branches to foster spreading.  Look for holly berry branches so that you can add a touch of color.

Recycle leaves by raking them up and adding them to your compost pile, or spread a thick layer around your plants.  Top a potted plant if there are bulbs inside.  You can always store them in plastic bags and toss them around each month just like you would a compost barrel.  Next spring dump them into your garden soil to enrich it or mix with your potting soil when putting out your spring plants.

Grow Amaryllis now - These are some of the most elegant flowers of the holiday season.  Buy them as bulbs that you can plant in your own garden container.  The one shown is called a rose pot but we love the height with the tapered sides.  Click here to view the planter.  Bloom colors included red, white, pink and green.  Miniatures are available.  Enjoy a single amaryllis, or use several of the same type to create a living potted arrangement of color on a table or mantle.  Tuck in a few ferns and mosses to fill out the display.

Finally, don't forget to the feed the wildlife in your yard.  A birdhouse is always fun and will encourage the birds to make a home and stick around for the other seasons.  Place them in front of a window so that you can enjoy watching or by a patio where they will not be disturbed this time of year.

Post Last Updated: 12/29/2016 2:59:12 PM 

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