Deer Gardener says it’s time to deal with Amaryllis bulbs

  • Sep. 18, 2009 8:00 p.m.

“What do I do about the lush green leaves on my Amaryllis?” Good question! It reminded me to deal with my own bulb. In August we ‘should have’ started watering these huge bulbs less, so do that now. It takes about a month for the leaves to dry up and begin flopping around, they are annoying enough that I am glad to put them away for a rest. One book I have says to lay the pot on its side. When the leaves are limp I fold them up and put an elastic band around them, placing the pot in a cool dry spot.Then try to remember where you put it by making a “note to self”, then try to remember where you put the note! If your bulb did not flower last year, toss it in the compost and buy a new one. They wear out. If you kept a baby from your bulb it will be at least three years to blooming.Success with Christmas cactus depends on the treatment given the plant during its resting season. It will show no sign of needing any special care, but if it is not kept quite dry, unfertilized and at a temperature of about 55 F. for two months it may not flower for you. Put these away now for Christmas flowers, or in December for Easter flowers.Hoya plants flower best with a resting period also. Have you noticed they bloom when you have been away for awhile? Hmmm. House temperature turned down and no water.Vegetively speaking (another new phrase), I planted out my Barbie-size asparagus, grown from seed, in my newly cleaned area. It was satisfying to put it in nice and deep with buckets of composted horse buns to enhance the flavour. Fortunately I did not water it in, it rained like crazy that night and took care of that. I have more plants than I need, so if you want some, email me. First to call, first to receive. The blackberry season is upon us. Regular early visitations to the neighbourhood patch will reward you with luscious rich berries, some scratches and glares from the guy next door. People are covetous of these wild berries. It’s not like they planted them or care for them except to harvest so, no, there is no law about picking unless they are within their yard. You may tell them I said so.The game in Tlell lately seems to be to get to Bob’s favourite mushroom spot earlier than he does. That’s too early for me, but it is a healthy rivalry.

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