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All About Amaryllis


Fri, Dec 28th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, December 31, 2001

What can you say about these amazing flowers - except Wow! After last weeks' column on forcing bulbs for indoors, several neighbors have asked for more information on growing these gigantic beauties.

The following was found on the Extension website and has been slightly edited for brevity.

The key to long years of success with amaryllis lies in providing abundant light. These are truly energy-driven plants; without high light levels you'll get plenty of long, strap-like foliage, but nary a flower stalk. With good light and proper care, amaryllis bulbs should bloom reliably, producing one or two flower stalks each and every year. They'll also produce offshoots (bulblets) that should bloom in four or five years.

Selecting or Buying Bulbs
You can buy amaryllis bulbs locally or order them through catalogs. Mail orders should be placed early so bulbs aren't frost-damaged in transit or sitting on your doorstep.

Cultivars vary widely in bloom size. Some produce delicate flowers, 2 1/2 inches across - others burst forth with 10- to 12-inch whoppers. Usually, the larger the bulb, the more flower stalks it will send up. Small-flowered types are an exception; they produce several stalks from small bulbs.

In addition to differences in flower size, you'll find some newer cultivars have many extra petals.

Planting
Use a container that's only slightly larger in diameter than the bulb. You may plant more than one bulb together for a showier effect.

Plant the bulb so its upper 1/3 to 1/2 extends above the soil. Water the soil thoroughly, discarding any excess moisture in the tray after a few minutes, then move the bulb to a bright, sunny location. Continue to water the soil thoroughly whenever it feels dry.
Flowering

Once blooms begin to open, pull the plant out of direct sunlight to extend flower life. Nip off faded blossoms so the plant won't waste energy on seed production. After blooming, move amaryllis back into full sunlight. Don't remove flower stalks until they turn yellow and soft. They help nourish the bulb as long as they remain green.

After Blooming
Most people put their pots of amaryllis outdoors for the summer to capture all that great sunlight. But you can also treat amaryllis as you would sun-loving houseplants, keeping them in a bright, sunny window year-round. Either way, be sure to water whenever the soil feels dry, and .....
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The Sky Above the Ice Below

Fri, Dec 28th, 2001
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By Wayne PikeMonday, December 31, 2001

Celebrating the turning of a page on the calendar seems like celebrating another sunset. We are happy to still be here to enjoy it, but we should feel that way every day. I guess if a person is looking fo ..... 
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What about Fillmore County?

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Monday, December 24, 2001

When I arrived at my office last Monday, there was a copy of the Sunday Winona Daily News waiting for me in the entry way. Under a front page story Published farm subsidies stir up debate, which listed the top 20 Wi ..... 
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To the Editor;

Well, you did it again...this summer you printed a statement in your "notes from a country kitchen" saying that "a good wife knows when she needs beating," and now you print a cartoon that was appalling! Where do you draw the l ..... 
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Submit a Letter to the Editorhere

Fri, Dec 28th, 2001
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To the Editor,
Monday, December 31, 2001

To the Editor,

I was very offended when I read the Fud4thought cartoon you published on 12/24/01. I was embarrassed for you that you would approve to print such an obscene cartoon. The ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Dec 28th, 2001
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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

Vernon was born September 5, 1923 in Preble Township, Fillmore County, M ..... 
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