Friday, July 25, 2008
Favorite Gift to Order Online, Amaryllis Bulbs
The theme for this week’s posts is a favorite gift to purchase online, and I suggest amaryllis bulbs as surprise gifts, in early November, so that they will bloom at Christmas. Bulbs from Holland will bloom 6 to 8 weeks after planting, and from South Africa, in four to six weeks.
Amaryllis are those spectacular lily like flowers growing on long stems, often in red, salmon, white or splashy stripes.
A favorite source is www.dutchbulbs.com, which sells a wide selection of amaryllis, including San Remo, pink flowers flushed with raspberry, 8 inches across on 16 to 24 inch tall stems and Prelude, red blooms with white edges and center. $14.99 per bulb. Wayside Gardens at www.waysidegardens.com sells Stars and Stripes, red flowers with white centers, from South Africa, 8 inch blooms on 14 inch tall stems, which bloom 4 to 6 weeks after planting. $14.95 per bulb. The photo is of Stars and Stripes.
Buy a big bulb, plant it with a little bit of potting soil in the smallest pretty ceramic pot that will hold it. A typical large bulb grows well in a pot that is five inches tall and eighteen inches around. Heavy pots prevent pot tip overs, since the flowers are so large they can be heavy.