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Amaryllis and Paperwhites

Holiday Houseplants are Here!

Paperwhites and Amaryllis have become a holiday tradition for many gardeners and it's easy to see why.  They are easy to grow, they bloom fast and they make beautiful homemade decorations and gifts.  And right now is the perfect time to start amaryllis and paperwhites so they'll be ready for the holidays.  Check out our coupon for 10% off Amaryllis and Paperwhites all this month!


Paperwhites are one of the easiest bulbs to grow indoors.  Paperwhites belong to the Narcissus or daffodil family, but unlike other daffodils paperwhites don't need a chilling period before forcing.  They start growing as soon as they are planted and produce flowers after only about 4 weeks. 

Intoxicating Paperwhites
The ethanol alcohol found in hard liquor is an excellent growth regulator and can be used to keep paperwhites short and compact.  Any hard liquor will do (vodka, gin, rum, tequila) as long as it is 40% alcohol.  Water normally until the plants are two to three inches tall.  Then, mix 1 part alcohol to 9 parts water and continuing watering with this solution.  The result will be plants that are just as beautiful and fragrant but about 1/3 the size.  

You can plant paperwhites in potting soil, decorative marbles or even in plain old water.  Whatever medium you plant them in, be sure to check them each day for water.  Keep the bulbs in  a bright, cool room (around 65 degrees).  Once they have grown about two inches tall, move them to a warm, sunny window.  Try not to let them get too hot, which will cause them to grow leggy.  Once the plants start to flower, move them to an area with indirect light so they will last longer.  Each bulb blooms just once, so remove the old bulbs once their flowers are spent.  Stagger your planting to have fresh blossoms all winter long.

Its big, bold flowers and bright colors make Amaryllis a
holiday favorite.  Like Paperwhites, they don't need a chilling period and are ready to start growing as soon as you plant them.  Amaryllis bulbs start to bloom after about 4 to 6 weeks. 

Choose a pot that is just an inch or two larger than the bulb.    Fill the pot with some potting soil and place the bulb in the center with the pointy end facing up.  Then, fill potting soil around the bulb, leaving the top half uncovered.  Keep the soil moist but not soggy and let water drain between waterings.  When you start to see growth, move the bulb to a sunny window.  As the flower stalk begins to grow, give the pot a turn every few days.  This will help the stalk grow straight.  Apply a water-soluble fertilizer every 2 to 3 weeks. 

For more tips on forcing other kinds of bulbs,
check out our
Forcing Bulbs Fact Sheet!


Amaryllis &

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10% Off Amaryllis and Paperwhites

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Coupon good 11/10/14 - 11/30/14. Limit one per customer, please.

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We will be closed on Thursday November 27th for Thanksgiving.  We wish everyone a warm and wonderful holiday!


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Lakewood, CO 80215
Quail is between Kipling and Simms. O'Toole's Garden Center is one block south of W. Colfax.
phone: 303-232-6868
fax: 303-462-0936
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9400 Wadsworth Parkway
Broomfield, CO 80021
O'Toole's Garden Center is between 92nd Ave. and 100th Ave. on the east side of Wadsworth Parkway.
phone: 303-423-8361
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Manager: Jeff


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