November 15, 2013
Planting Amaryllis And Paperwhites
I was shopping at one of my favorite stores in Westport, Connecticut, called Terrain. This inspiring market always has the nicest things for gardening, outdoor living, house and home, spa and accessories, and holiday. While perusing a large assortment of flowering bulbs, I thought I would post a blog about growing amaryllis and paperwhites, two lovely flowers for the holidays and throughout the winter. Maybe this will inspire you to grow some too! You can find bulbs like these at The Home Depot and from bulb companies like John Scheepers.
1 This bag contains my new amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs.
2 The bulbs were packed in nice wax paper bags - 2 amaryllis and 2 dozen paperwhites.
3 Of all flowering bulbs, amaryllis are the easiest to bring to bloom. This flower originated in South America's tropical regions and the come in many beautiful varieties. I chose a pretty pink blossom called Elvas.
4 In comparison, paperwhites are a much smaller bulb.
5 Paperwhite, or Narcissus papyraceus, is native to the Mediterranean region. It bears bunches of highly fragrant white flowers and like amaryllis, the bulbs are often forced to flower at Christmas time, although they can be forced to flower any time of year.
6 This is a very handy bloom calendar for amaryllis. I think we'll have flowers for Christmas!
8 My gardener, Ryan McCallister, used a good potting mix which he added sand, perlite, and vermiculite to for better drainage.
9 He placed a shard of pottery in the bottom of the pot to cover the drain hole.
10 Potting soil was added to the pot.
11 Being careful of the roots, the amaryllis was placed on top of the mixture.
12 More soil was added to cover 2/3 of the bulb. As a rule of thumb, 1/3 of the bulb should remain above the soil line.
13 Ryan packed the potting mix down, anchoring the bulb.
14 As a decorative effect, he added some gravel, which looks quite nice with the pot.
15 The other amaryllis was potted in the same manner.
16 And it, too, was topped off with gravel.
17 For the paperwhites, I suggested this shallow basin type of pot.
18 A shard for the drain hole
19 And the potting mix - although paperwhites can grow in a variety of creative mediums that provide root support.
20 After smoothing the medium, Ryan set the bulbs on top of the soil.
21 More soil was added.
22 He tamped soil between each bulb for extra support. This is important, as the bulb becomes top heavy as it shoots up and flowers.
23 Generally, 1/2 to 3/4 of the bulb should show above the surface of the medium.
25 The moss was gently torn to fit around the bulbs.
26 Moss is a really elegant addition.
27 The finished pots
28 They were watered sparingly and set in the sunny greenhouse to grow. Hopefully, they'll all be blooming by Christmas!