Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2010
Regional Report

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.

Clever Gardening Technique

Cultivate So Pests Perish
Periodically rough up soil surfaces to bring overwintering pests and their egg cases to die of exposure on the surface -- or be eaten by birds!

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