The technique recommended for years has been growing the plants on through the summer outdoors, and then inducing dormancy by stopping watering in the fall and placing them in a dry cool spot indoors for 10 to 12 weeks. This will encourage the bulb to bloom again around Christmas.
However, for bigger, healthier plants, some experts recommend allowing the bulb to continue growing vigorously as long as possible, so it will reward you with better blooms in January or February.
Did you know that house plants can improve air quality inside your home?
Believe it or not, back in the 1980’s NASA did a study to look at which plants were best able to filter the air of the space station! And if these house plants are good enough for the space station, think of what they can do for your home environment.
We’ve just received our shipment of Haws watering cans from England. These watering cans are as beautiful as they are functional. Perfectly balanced when full, they have a fine brass rose to water your plants gently and evenly.
Pastry chef Daniel Vokey makes classic gingerbread men (and other whimsical shapes) at Patisserie Daniel, using his special spice mix and this classic cookie recipe. We followed his recipe to make these cookies for the Dig This Oak Bay Open House and everyone loved them! Recipe with permission of YAM Magazine, from the Nov/Dec issue.
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Amaryllis is one of the most beautiful indoor flowering bulbs. It comes in a stunning selection of colours from pure white, deep red, orange, stripes and even green. It’s so easy to grow that you can even purchase waxed bulbs, like those shown here, and they will bloom without soil or water!