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Updated: 06/18/2014 12:13:04AM

Force bulbs for indoor blooms

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY COMMONS WIKIMEDIA.ORG (ANDREAS HEIDEMANN)

Amaryllis is native to tropical regions of South America. Amaryllis come in white, red, shades of pink, rose and salmon, as well as bicolor. Two to six blooms are borne on a tall stalk 18 to 36 in. high.

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY COMMONS WIKIMEDIA.ORG (MAGNUS MANSKE)

Paperwhite narcissus bulbs are usually planted in a coarse inorganic medium such as small pebbles, glass chips, or marbles. Each bloom stalk will contain several small fragrant white flowers.

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY COMMONS WIKIMEDIA.ORG (MAGNUS MANSKE)

You’ll find containers of potted bulbs ready to bloom for the holidays in garden centers now, or order bulbs and plant every two weeks to have these springtime flowers blooming throughout the winter season.

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY COMMONS WIKIMEDIA.ORG (SIMONE HAMBERG)

Amaryllis bulbs are planted so about one half of the bulb is above the rim of the pot. Fill in around the bulb and tamp the soil down. Planting the bulb too deeply will delay flowering. Avoid getting water in the neck of the bulb.

GardGate112912A

PHOTO PROVIDED BY COMMONS WIKIMEDIA.ORG (ANDREAS HEIDEMANN)

Amaryllis is native to tropical regions of South America. Amaryllis come in white, red, shades of pink, rose and salmon, as well as bicolor. Two to six blooms are borne on a tall stalk 18 to 36 in. high.

GardGate112912B

PHOTO PROVIDED BY COMMONS WIKIMEDIA.ORG (MAGNUS MANSKE)

Paperwhite narcissus bulbs are usually planted in a coarse inorganic medium such as small pebbles, glass chips, or marbles. Each bloom stalk will contain several small fragrant white flowers.

GardGate112912C

PHOTO PROVIDED BY COMMONS WIKIMEDIA.ORG (MAGNUS MANSKE)

You’ll find containers of potted bulbs ready to bloom for the holidays in garden centers now, or order bulbs and plant every two weeks to have these springtime flowers blooming throughout the winter season.

GardGate112912A

PHOTO PROVIDED BY COMMONS WIKIMEDIA.ORG (ANDREAS HEIDEMANN)

Amaryllis is native to tropical regions of South America. Amaryllis come in white, red, shades of pink, rose and salmon, as well as bicolor. Two to six blooms are borne on a tall stalk 18 to 36 in. high.

GardGate112912B

PHOTO PROVIDED BY COMMONS WIKIMEDIA.ORG (MAGNUS MANSKE)

Paperwhite narcissus bulbs are usually planted in a coarse inorganic medium such as small pebbles, glass chips, or marbles. Each bloom stalk will contain several small fragrant white flowers.

GardGate112912C

PHOTO PROVIDED BY COMMONS WIKIMEDIA.ORG (MAGNUS MANSKE)

You’ll find containers of potted bulbs ready to bloom for the holidays in garden centers now, or order bulbs and plant every two weeks to have these springtime flowers blooming throughout the winter season.

GardGate112912D

PHOTO PROVIDED BY COMMONS WIKIMEDIA.ORG (SIMONE HAMBERG)

Amaryllis bulbs are planted so about one half of the bulb is above the rim of the pot. Fill in around the bulb and tamp the soil down. Planting the bulb too deeply will delay flowering. Avoid getting water in the neck of the bulb.

PHOTO BY JEFF McMILLIAN, USDA-NRCS PLANTS DATABASE

Amaryllis is native to tropical regions of South America. Amaryllis come in white, red, shades of pink, rose and salmon, as well as bicolor.

PHOTO BY R.A. HOWARD, USDA-NRCS PLANTS DATABASE

Paperwhite narcissus requires a period of chilling before blooming. When you buy bulbs they will have already been given the proper cold treatment.

PHOTO FROM MORGUEFILE.COM

Amaryllis comes in a variety of colors but red is by far the most popular.

PHOTO BY JEFF McMILLIAN, USDA-NRCS PLANTS DATABASE

Amaryllis is native to tropical regions of South America. Amaryllis come in white, red, shades of pink, rose and salmon, as well as bicolor.

PHOTO BY R.A. HOWARD, USDA-NRCS PLANTS DATABASE

Paperwhite narcissus requires a period of chilling before blooming. When you buy bulbs they will have already been given the proper cold treatment.

PHOTO FROM MORGUEFILE.COM

Amaryllis comes in a variety of colors but red is by far the most popular.

PHOTO BY JEFF McMILLIAN, USDA-NRCS PLANTS DATABASE

Amaryllis is native to tropical regions of South America. Amaryllis come in white, red, shades of pink, rose and salmon, as well as bicolor.

PHOTO BY R.A. HOWARD, USDA-NRCS PLANTS DATABASE

Paperwhite narcissus requires a period of chilling before blooming. When you buy bulbs they will have already been given the proper cold treatment.

PHOTO FROM MORGUEFILE.COM

Amaryllis comes in a variety of colors but red is by far the most popular.

PHOTO BY R.A. HOWARD, USDA-NRCS PLANTS DATABASE

Paperwhite narcissus requires a period of chilling before blooming. When you buy bulbs they will have already been given the proper cold treatment.

Over the Garden Gate

By Al and Karen Smoke

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Amaryllis and paperwhite narcissus are popular flowering houseplants. Amaryllis may also be grown outdoors in our area. Both are grown from bulbs. When bulbs are planted in containers and grown indoors it is called forcing bulbs. For best flowering, many bulbs require a period of dormancy, accomplished by withholding water, reducing temperatures, or both. Bulbs will bloom about six weeks after planting. You’ll find containers of potted bulbs ready to bloom for the holidays in garden centers now, or order bulbs and plant every two weeks to have these springtime flowers blooming throughout the winter season.

Paperwhite narcissus requires a period of chilling before blooming. When you buy bulbs they will have already been given the proper cold treatment. If you don’t want to plant all the bulbs all at once, store the bulbs in a paper bag—not plastic—in a cool location.

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