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How to Grow Amaryllis Plants

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Looks, easy of growing and maintenance- parameters that invariably play a major role in the selection of garden plants. Amaryllis is one of those wonderful plants that score prolifically on all these accounts! Amaryllis plants, with their large, vibrant blooms are perfect for adding appeal to your yard.

Amaryllis plants do well in both sunny and partly shaded locations. They’re an automatic choice for underlining tall deciduous shrubs and trees. A few days from planting, clear the site and add plenty of organic matter to the soil. The planting hole should be big enough to accommodate the root ball. Make sure the roots spread out as you lower the plant into the hole. Also, ensure that the top of the crown lies at the same level as the soil surface. Refill and irrigate thoroughly. During the next couple of weeks, water just enough to keep the soil moist as too much moisture can cause the rots to rot. Once the plants develop a couple of pairs of leaves, switch to irrigating them on a regular basis.

Taller varieties of amaryllis can stoop under the weight of the flowers and hence require staking. Use a sturdy wooden pole to stake amaryllis plants and use a piece of string or twine to tie them the stem to the stake in 3-4 separate spots.
Amaryllis plants relish regular fertilization. Use a well balanced fertilizer to feed your plants. Remove amaryllis flowers as they die, along with all faded leaves.

As temperatures dip, stop irrigating your plants. The foliage will soon dry out and die. But there’s no need to panic for winters are the resting period for these lovely plants. Once the cold season bids adieu, amaryllis plants will be back to enthral your senses!

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April 29, 2012
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