For this weeks “FOTD” or “Flower of the Day photo Challenge” my photo submission is the Amaryllis.
This photo challenge is all about bringing a little beauty and colour into our daily lives through flowers. And, in Canada at Christmas time you can find boxed amaryllis bulbs in many places when you are out shopping even in grocery stores, as well as, florists and garden centres. It is a fun plant to watch grow, for the whole family, and it makes the perfect hostess gift.
Amaryllis are great for the beginner gardener as they are very easy to get to grown and bring to a bloom. These flowers come in many beautiful colours, such as; red, white, pink and orange along with striped and multi-coloured varieties.
All you need to do is place the potted bulb in a warm spot with direct light and give it a bit of water until the green stem starts to appear. Once this happens, you can give it more water and you will find it is a real delight to watch grow. The stem will shoot up and then the flowers will develop at the top and then the bloom will open up all within a few weeks time.
When the amaryllis finishes blooming, if you want, you can even make it flower again by cutting off the old flowers and then waiting until the stem wilts and cutting that back to the top of the bulb.
Then you clean the bulb and put it in a cool, dark place for at least 6 weeks and then you can put the bulb in a new pot of fresh soil and repeat the process.
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