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Planting and care of "amaryllis" bulbs outdoors

Making It Grow Radio Minute

In mid-spring when all danger of frost is over, you can move your potted amaryllis plants outside to a partly shaded area. After a few weeks, you can remove them from their pots and plant them in your flower garden or in groups in front of your shrub beds. Amaryllis need a sunny spot -- full morning sun and if possible filtered in afternoon. Loosen and prepare the soil in the chosen area; remove the bulb from the container and carefully set it so that the top one third is above the soil line. This is totally different from most other bulbs which are buried completely and it’s important. Mulch and water and give dilute fertilizer a few times over the summer if your soil is nutrient poor, too much nitrogen can decrease flowering. These glorious plants are relatively pest free.

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Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.