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I know this is way off topic, but we are buried with snow and in the middle of winter. This is a bulb my wife bought at wall mart 6 weeks ago.For 5 bucks they are a lot of fun to watch.
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If that's real and 6 weeks growth it looks like it will fill your home by spring time.


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Jerald, you sent a PM I have PM ed you back with pictures ect. Thank you, Bill

I asure you this is a real flower and a lot of fun to watch grow during winter
doldrums. Damn where is spring I need to compete. Get to shoot a Ithaca dollar grade this year. So all you big guys stand up, all you medium size guys find a partner, and all you little guys band togather, cause here I come 210 lbs of TIGER meat wraped around a steel rigid frame. Oh ya, also my wife loaned me the money to buy it! LMAO, BIll
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Man you have to be bored out of your mind to sit & watch a plant grow....I guess thats waht being stuck inside does to a body.....:)


Now I will say that is a darned pretty looking plant also!
 

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My wife is a flower gardener and I like growing vegitables. Part of the enjoyment is watching things mature. You'd be surprised to see what some plants are capable of climbing or how nice they look when dried. Don't be critical of other's hobbies, I've been criticized of trap shooting and just accept it.
 

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Remember the story about Jack and the beanstalk. Jack somehow got some magic beans, planted them and they grew up to the sky. He climbed the beanstalk and found a goose that laid golden eggs. Well, there was this rather tall fellow, "Fe Fi Fo Fum" and well, you know the rest.

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I may be bored but I draw the line at putting decals on my stocks. LOL
Shootlow, My wife says thank you. She designed it.
 

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BillGrill,

Count me as another trapshooter who likes to watch things grow indoors in the winter (...legal things, that is). Amaryllis bulbs are about the most impressive, cheapest, easiest thing you can grow indoors in a northern climate.

The secret to making them bloom over and over again, year after year, is to cut off the spent bloom stalks before they set seed pods...then, put the pot OUTSIDE in your garden, as soon as all danger of frost has passed (I guess that will be quite a while, in your Lake Superior neighborhood). Just cut off all the foliage, and put them in a FULL SUN spot in your yard/garden, and let them soak up all that sunshine. They will grow new foliage all over again during summer. I throw a handful of slow-release Osmocote fertilizer in my pots, and hit them with the garden hose real good a couple times a week (it's above ground in a pot with holes in bottom and it drains real good, so you don't have to worry about over-watering).

Bring it back inside in the late fall, before the first frost hits it. Cut off any dead foliage once again before you bring it inside, and the whole process will repeat (new foliage and blooms). After a number of seasons, new bulb-lets will form to the sides of the existing bulb, and you will get more bloom stalks out of each (you may need to re-pot into a bigger pot after a couple years).

They usually bloom about 2 months after bringing inside (if you want to time it for, say, Christmas).
 

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Bill's wife here: Can you describe exactly how far back you cut the spent bloom stalks? And then again when we take it outside, should we cut back right to base of the main stalk? I presume that while we are waiting for warm weather, I should put it in the basement? Thanks for the info -- I would have just tossed it. Yours are pretty incredible! ~ Liz
 

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Bill's wife:

Cut the spent bloom stalks back to within a few inches of the bulb (the exact amount isn't critical). If there is healthy green foliage left, I go ahead and leave it...just set it next to a sunny window, and keep watering like a normal house plant and let those leaves soak up the sun. At some point, if the foliage dies back, don't worry...just cut them off. It will re-grow later (sometimes, 3x per year). I realize the box it came in probably says something about putting it in the dark basement, etc...but I never do that. I just treat it like a normal house plant, until it's time to put them out in the (late!) spring. They get no special treatment once outside. Exposed to the elements, gets sun just like a normal perennial...get rained on, the whole works. Hit it with the hose if it gets too dry.

There's really nothing to it at all. Many people throw these away, just like poinsettias. But they'll keep right on performing, and even getting larger, if you just keep caring for it. (If it ever fails to bloom in winter, just re-pot into a larger pot and keep on as usual). The large one in my photo has been putting on this performance every year for several years now.

Your $5 item from WalMart can last indefinitely...with a total of about 5 minutes of effort per year. Given enough time, and a big enough pot, the bulbs even multiply (the big one in my photo now has 8 bulbs of various sizes, that grew off one original bulb...not all of them bloom yet, but they get bigger every year). But I'm no expert; I'm sure you can probably find other info on Wikipedia (this is only what works for me).

Enjoy...
 

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I'm no horticulturist but you can "push" bulbed plants into re-blooming several times a year. !st you must fool them into thinking it is winter. After bollming put the cut back plant into the refridg then into the freezer. Now the plant will re-grow and bloom. You might have to mess around with some artificial light (or at least add some light time to the winter months, mimicking summer light times). One can either have early bollming plants outside or blooming plants during the winter.

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Bill did watching the paint dry in your nice kitchen send tingles down your leg like Chris mathews watching Obama? P.S.stay away from chea pet might overload your heart
 
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