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Athene Amaryllis Gift Set
The Perfect Gift Plant for Anyone, Anywhere
Pure-White Snowy Blossoms
The snow-white trumpet-shaped flowers of Athene Amaryllis (Hippeastrum ‘Athene’) are truly a sight to behold. As the centerpiece on your holiday table, Athene shines against the backdrop of a red table runner and gold plate chargers. Or as a living accent in your foyer or on your mantel, Athene commands the attention of your holiday guests, eliciting oohs and aahs from everyone.
It’s no wonder that showy amaryllis plants are holiday mainstays in the well-appointed home and office. Why settle for silk flowers to brighten up your holiday table, mantel or foyer when you can easily grow your own breathtaking floral display?
Share the Beauty
You’ll be so pleased to welcome Athene as your holiday house guest that you’ll want to share her with others. Are you trying to decide on the perfect hostess gifts, corporate gifts or gifts for friends and family this holiday season? Athene Amaryllis is a thoughtful way to remember these people on your gift list -- simply order online and avoid the shopping crowds!
How to Grow in Two Simple Steps
You don’t even have to be a gardener to grow the stunning Athene Amaryllis. Enclosed for your convenience is a pot, potting mix and the large flower bulb, so all you have to add is water.
1. Plant the bulb in the center of the pot so the upper one-third to one-half of the bulb is peeking above the soil surface, firming the potting mix around the bulb.
2. Water well; and keep the soil moist but not soggy.
That’s it…really…no kidding – you only need to follow these two steps to grow exotic amaryllis flowers. The plant will grow rapidly, and you’ll have gorgeous blooms within six to ten weeks after planting the bulb.
Insider Growing Tips
• You can add decorative stones on the top of the potting mix to add weight to the pot, particularly when the plant is in full bloom atop 24-inch stems.
• If you place your plant near a bright window, your plant may try to grow toward the light. Simply turn the pot every few days to maintain upright growth.
• To prolong the bloom period, clip the anthers -- the yellow pollen stalks inside the flowers --as soon as they form.
• After the long-lived flowers fade, the tropical strap-shaped leaves will continue to grow into a beautiful houseplant. Remove the flower stalks by cutting them 1 inch above the bulb, but leave the foliage.
• Water the plant when the soil surface is dry, but don’t let the potting mix completely dry out.
• In the springtime, well after the last frost, you can move your amaryllis plant outside. Keep it in its pot, or plant it directly in the ground with the upper one-third to one-half of the bulb above the soil surface.
• Fertilize it with houseplant fertilizer every two to four weeks.
• Athene Amaryllis will grow reliably as a perennial if you live in USDA hardiness zones 9 through 11. If you live in zone 8, you can push the hardiness envelope by mulching well on top of the bulb before the first frost in winter.
Will my Plant Bloom Again?
You bet it will! If you plant it in the ground in its perennial range, it will naturally bloom in the summer. But if you keep it in its pot, you can manipulate its bloom time to enjoy flowers every holiday season, year after year.
Bring the potted plant inside in mid-September, place it in a cool, dark place (such as a closet), and stop watering it. The leaves will turn yellow and die -- this is okay! Let the plant “rest” in this dormant state for two to three months. Start checking the pot after a couple of months and keep watching the bulb until it starts budding again. At this point, you can leave the bulb in its pot or re-pot it in another pot. Place the pot in a warm, bright-light location and begin watering it again. You’ll enjoy watching it grow again…just like it did the year before!
Keep Your Furry Friends Safe
If you have an inquisitive dog or cat, place your amaryllis pot off the floor and out of your pet’s reach, because the bulbs are toxic to dogs and cats.