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The amaryllis is a GIANT!

 

‘Amaryllis’ is actually not the right name for this gigantic bulb, but that’s what almost everyone calls it. Its real name is Hippeastrum, pronounced ‘hippay astrum’, and it originates from the tropical regions of South America. You can’t plant these bulbs outside, but they are easy to grow inside. You can get them in various colours: orange, salmon and white. But red is the most common colour. Do you know what makes the amaryllis so wonderful? You can plant it over a long period of time. If you want it to bloom very early, plant it in October. But you could also wait another six months to plant it – until the end of April!

 

Actually, a flower bulb is a little miracle. But now you’d like to see a big miracle, right? If you do, just plant an amaryllis. Have you ever seen such a big bulb? And take a look at that bunch of thick roots! With such a big bulb, you should get a really big flower.

But that would be hard to do, don’t you think? Well, if you thought that, you’d be absolutely wrong! The amaryllis is the easiest bulb of all to grow. Would you like to know how?

Put the pot in a nice warm spot in the light. As long as you don’t see very much happening, don’t give it very much water. When you see the shoot appearing, give it some more water. Turn the pot every day, as this will keep the stem from growing crookedly toward the light. One day you will be able to see the colour of the flower shining through the buds. The biggest bulb of all is about to bloom!