Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2007
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Plants for Tough Spaces
Lili Singer will discuss finding the right plants for challenging garden locations on Thursday, February 8, 2:30 p.m., at Huntington Botanic Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road in San Marino. For info, call (626) 405-2100, or visit: http://www.huntington.org.

Favorite or New Plant

Amaryllis
Caring for a gift amaryllis so it will bloom again is easy. After it's through blooming, cut off the bloom stalk about an inch above where it emerges from the bulb. Place the plant in a warm, sunny place to grow. Water it generously, and fertilize regularly until Labor Day. Watering with a 1/4-strength houseplant fertilizer solution each time will provide constant feeding for gradual growth. Don't let the soil get dry at any time as this will disrupt the cycle. During the summer, a spot in filtered sun outdoors is fine. Flower buds set better in fall when night temperatures are cooler, from 50 to 55 degrees.

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