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More on caring for "amaryllis"

Making It Grow Radio Minute
SC Public Radio

In most parts of South Carolina, holiday amaryllis bulbs can be added to your garden or the front of shrub beds when all chance of frost is over. For successful transplanting, keep the indoor plant healthy and growing after it flowers to replenish or build back that bulb. Cut off faded flowers, don’t let them go to seed. Set the plant in a spot with bright but not direct sunlight. Keep it moist but not wet, don’t over water or let it sit in a container with water in the bottom. Those long strap-like leaves aren’t particularly attractive, after flowering, group your amaryllis pots together with an attractive houseplant in front to hide them. You can add a diluted house plant fertilizer once a month– don’t think you need a high middle number, it’s easy to get too much phosphorus.

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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.