The Amaryllis

Amaryllis bulbs come in varied colors but the red Amaryllis is the most popular, especially at Christmastime.

The Amaryllis belongs to the Belladona Lily family and is poisonous if eaten. It is native to Southern Africa and can grow up to two and three feet high.

An Amaryllis is a popular gift during the Holidays because the bulbs can be forced for indoor enjoyment. The stalks produce beautiful trumpet-shaped blooms, but it isn't until after they bloom that the foliage appears. Active growth takes place when the foliage appears so it's important to water and fertilize regularly. Once the foliage dies, keep the tops of the bulbs exposed and withhold the water.

With a little care, an amaryllis bulb may be coaxed to bloom year after year.


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