The summer and late fall garden are at an end and it’s time to turn your thoughts to indoor gardening. Some of the easiest and most rewarding plants to grow are amaryllis and paperwhites and the fact that you can pick them up at just about any big box store (or garden center or even grocery store for that matter) makes it super simple to try them this season.
When you purchase them they’re going to look like the photos below, furry Himalyan not included…
Find a vessel you like and put enough soil around the bulbs so that the top 1/3 still peeks out. Water them in and top with moss (or whatever). Sit back and watch them grow… It’s that easy. A couple words of advice though – do not waste your time trying to re-bloom the bulbs. It’s not worth your efforts. Throw them in your compost and walk away guilt free. Second piece of advice, stake your paperwhites, they get really floppy and will fall over otherwise. Also, there’s an interesting way to keep the foliage short that involves vodka (or other alcohol). If you plan on growing them in a vase with just water and pebbles in the bottom, apparently if you create a water/alcohol ratio of about 95% water to 5% alcohol, it stunts their foliar growth but not the flower production. I haven’t tried it but it seems to have worked for many people. Here’s a link to a Cornell Report on how it’s done if you want to give it a go.
Get your bulbs in soon if you want them blooming for Christmas or New Years.
Thanks as always for reading EG!