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Fall 2014

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Christmas Flowering Double Amaryllis

Hybridized to create a well-proportioned plant and a huge flower from a smaller bulb, our South African Hippeastrum strains will bloom in four to six weeks once potted due to the fact that they are harvested in the southern hemisphere. These ravishing double "Symphony" and "Sonata" varieties are fabulous for early Christmas blooms and are known to be fast growing and reliable!

Prior to potting, store the bulbs between 45°F and 54°F (beneath 42°F can damage the bud and over 54°F can initiate sprouting) with moderate humidity at about 65% to keep roots pliable and healthy. They are best planted from October through January. Plant each bulb in a cozy pot (about 1” between the bulb and the pot) with 25% of the bulb above soil level to prevent water from collecting in the bulb sprout. Use a well-draining, neutral pH, sterile potting soil. Firmly tamp down the soil and give the bulb a good drink of tepid water. Do not water again until green growth appears: early over watering inhibits root growth. Place the pot in direct sunlight at room temperature for optimum root, height and color development. Cooler temperatures and lower sunlight results in taller plants and immature coloration. If the bulb is slow to wake out of dormancy, apply bottom heat with a seed growing mat, heating pad or food warming tray. Once it starts to grow, water regularly like a normal houseplant. Never mist or use overhead irrigation. Sword-like foliage may appear before, during or after flowering.

(Note: Amaryllis bulbs are sized at harvest by measuring the bulb’s circumference. After harvest, they shrink as they dry and their outer skins may become reddish-brown or shriveled.) These exotic plants usually have two 12" to 16" stems, with each producing four huge, trumpet-like flowers that are 6" to 8" wide. Amaryllis also make superb cut flowers for dramatic arrangements and bouquets. Bulb size: 26 cm. (unless otherwise noted). Shipped bareroot for planting in your own containers.

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