Fall is certainly the time for getting your spring flowering bulbs in the ground, but now is also the time to remember the power of bulbs to set the holiday tone and brighten your interior spaces. Amaryllis and Paperwhite bulbs make great gifts for even the uninitiated gardeners in your life. These bulbs require little more than a beautiful vase, decorative stone and a small amount of water to get them going.
I like to start with a clean, clear vase. Then I choose a decorative stone or pebble. Be sure to rinse the stone well to remove any sand or debris. Next, select the bulbs you will use. I always remove any of the outer, papery layers from the bulb. Basically, any debris that will litter the water is removed so the water can stay clean and reduce the chance for pests and problems. Even the dead roots that are still attached to the bulb can be carefully removed with scissors, just make sure not to cut into the bulb itself.
Now that everything is cleaned up, place the bulb on top of the rocks and add just enough water to make contact with the new roots when they emerge from the basal plate of the bulb. It is best to err on the side of too little water, as too much water will rot a bulb. Now set the bulbs where they will get plenty of light and they will reward you with unbelievably gorgeous flowers! As the roots grow down into the rocks, the level of the water can be lower in the vase. Remember the roots are the drinkers, not the bulbs!
The amaryllis you’ll find in our garden shop right now are large and many are showing buds breaking out of the bulb already! The promise of color for the holiday is almost irresistible! Stop by and we’d love to show you how to get your bulbs started today! Or, if you’d prefer to keep your hands clean, the greenhouse has potted some Amaryllis, so they’re ready to go home and get blooming.
Another great thing about paperwhites and amaryllis is that they can be planted outside after they are finished flowering and the danger of frost has passed. I have always found it challenging to get an amaryllis to rebloom in the house, but getting amaryllis to reflower in the garden is so simple. Just plant, and forget, until you see it’s blooms peeking out of your garden!