Magazine article Sunset

An Amaryllis Superstar

Magazine article Sunset

An Amaryllis Superstar

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Fifteen years ago, Sunset garden writer and editor Dick Dunmire received a large red amaryllis from a friend. He planted the bulb in an 8-inch pot, and just weeks later, it developed a couple of flower stalks. When the blooms faded, he cut off the stalks to see whether the bulb would rebloom the following year. Not only did the plant bloom again-regularly year after year-but the bulb formed offsets and produced many more flower stalks. Last season, Dunmire's amaryllis put on quite a show-seven blooming flower stalks (five stalks and two buds are showing in the photograph above), each with three or four flowers.

What's Dunmire's secret for getting so much production from a single bulb? "I don't do much to it," says Dunmire (now retired) of his incredible bulb. "I keep the pot on my front porch, which gets full sun in the morning and full shade in the afternoon, except in December and January, when I move it into a cold greenhouse for protection. …

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