Lee Valley Tools    Gardening Newsletter
   Vol. 4, Issue 5
   October 2009
 
   Amaryllis: Year Round Care
 



Amaryllis: Year Round Care

The summer is winding down; fall is approaching. It seems to come sooner every year. Those with green thumbs are thinking about getting their gardens ready for winter, even as the late-summer flowers begin to bloom. In a short growing season, many plant lovers move their much-loved tropical specimens inside for the winter, to bring some living greenery to the holiday season. One of my favorite holiday plants is the Amaryllis, or Hippeastrum.

Almost all plants sold as Amaryllis in stores and garden centers are actually Hippeastrum. Hippeastrum is very similar to Amaryllis; in fact, they are sister plants. Both are in the family Amaryllidaceae, and most plant owners would not notice the difference. Hippeastrum is easier to grow indoors and flowers better in those conditions than Amaryllis. Most likely, the bulb you bought that was marked "Amaryllis" is really Hippeastrum.

Amaryllis: Year Round Care

 
 
             
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