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Grow Amaryllis in the Southern Garden

By bsharf
January 21, 2015

Southern gardeners can enjoy the early spring color of the outdoor Amaryllis.

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Jan 25, 2015 8:11 AM CST
I have grown amaryllis bulbs outside since I was in fourth grade and got some bulbs from my teacher. Those bulbs have gone with me wherever I have moved (across the deep South) and I still have them 57 years later. They grow so big and so fast and are breath taking in late April when they bloom. One year while on vacation, I had some horrible caterpillars eat every bulb and leaf to the ground. It took them an extra year to bloom again. I am diligent to check for the little monsters now.
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Name: Barbara
Palm Coast, FL
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Jan 25, 2015 10:14 AM CST
57 years old is impressive for a clump of Amaryllis. If you've moved them with you, they are true "pass along" Amaryllis. Some day you will pass them on to family and friends. Well, caterpillars do turn into pretty butterflies and moths, but hopefully not at the expense of your precious bulbs.

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