Garden Tip: Planting amaryllis bulbs

When planting amaryllis bulbs, choose a pot that is large enough to allow root growth and to bury the bulb to its shoulders. The pot should drain. Give the soil mix a good soaking after planting, then water sparingly until growth begins. Keep the pot in a bright location and turn it to keep the emerging stem straight. Flowers will appear in six to eight weeks after initial growth.

Adrian Higgins has been writing about the intersection of gardening and life for more than 25 years, and joined the Post in 1994. He is the author of several books, including the "Washington Post Garden Book" and "Chanticleer, a Pleasure Garden."
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