Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Expert Advice from Elizabeth: Amaryllis

With holidays fast approaching, a classic winter flower, the amaryllis is starting to pop up in arrangements and decor. Here's how to coax your closed blooms into looking full flowers and keep them beautiful:

Step One: Take a pin and poke a hole straight through the stem just below the flower.

Step Two: Cut the stem at least an inch from the bottom, at a diagonal.

Step Three: Place in warm water - the warmer temperature will encourage the petals to open.

A fun little tidbit: if you listen near the poked hole, you will actually hear the flower drinking water!

Voila! Several days later, you'll have gorgeous, blooming amaryllis to display!

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