"your mixed coleus looks fantastic-you must have pinched the stems off many times to get it so full! I am working on saving my many varieties over the winter. This is always a challenge, but I can't stop hoarding them."
"Love your coleus etc collection. I also have a collection, but living in Philadelphia, I find out which ones thrive over winter and which hate cool soil. I am always acquiring cuttings, but sometimes they take forever to root, especially when it…"
This is so funny - the amaryllis has done NOTHING but leaves! I thought yikes! I've been jinxed! I could not remember who had asked about tending to one to post back about my calamity. I've fertilized it and I will let the last leaf die back, let it rest and then restart it again.
Thanks yall for the advise I let them die back in thier orginal pots every yr last yr on sales one is now 3" high back started and the older ones stalks are flopped over I do feed them when I feed the rest Guess I can put them on the porch let them get real air Jackie
There can be situations of feeding the plant too much fertilizer and it produces too much green / leaves. What I do with mine after they bloom, I will allow them to die back or if it is late enough in the spring, I will put them out in a shaded area of the yard, some times even in my hedge row where they are out of the way so they get rained upon and leaves and debris fall in to naturally fertilize them. I never cut them back because the leaves feed the bulb. Once fall arrives and there is the chance of frost, I then bring them in and if they haven't died back, I allow them to naturally die back and sit dormant in the garage, I have a "warm" garage. When I feel it is time for them to be brought out of dormancy, I then begin to water them and let the cycle begin again. I'll get a photo around if you like of what mine looks like now. It is a stair step of three green leaves. I do not expect the flower stalk for another several weeks.
There is nothing to it. Water the bulb with Miracle Grow or some type of fertilizer and let it grow. It takes about 1.5 months to reach maturation. I started mine about 2 weeks ago. It is nearly 12 inches high. Just leave it alone and it will come to maturation and bloom.
"Thanks Charlotte and Lorraine. These astilbes and ferns are against the north side of the house, so they are in shade most of the day. Lorraine, you're right that astilbes (and ferns) will scorch if they get too much hot sun."