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"Amaryllis" cultivars

Making It Grow Radio Minute
SC Public Radio

There are a zillion different amaryllis cultivars out there – a plethora of colors and flower shapes – singles or doubles, extra large or some smaller options. They make the best show in a garden if grouped and need about a foot of space between each large-sized bulb. They will slowly multiply and make a stunning display and give you wonderful cut flowers to bring inside. Don’t let them go to seed unless you are addicted to propagating -- you can find directions on how to sow the seeds and after a few years see what in the world you get – these plants are hybrids and so won’t come true from seed. If you have a heavy soil, you may want to make a raised area for these bulbs and be cautious not to over irrigate – although carefree, rot is an enemy.

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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.