STEP BY STEP

Plant amaryl­lis

Gardeners' World - - Flowers -

Start amaryl­lis (hip­peas­trum) bulbs into growth now for spec­tac­u­lar trum­pet flow­ers in a cou­ple of months. Place on a win­dowsill in good light, then wa­ter and feed as it grows. After flow­er­ing, cut off the spent stem, but con­tinue feed­ing for flow­ers next year.

1 PLANT the bulb in loam-based pot­ting com­post, so the tip is 3cm above the sur­face. Firm in so hold the bulb up­right.

2 SOAK the com­post to start the bulb off, then wa­ter only spar­ingly un­til the leaves be­gin to grow rapidly and need reg­u­lar wa­ter.

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