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Updated: 06/18/2014 12:22:55AM

Getting holiday plants to bloom again

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY COMMONS WIKIMEDIA.ORG (ANDREAS HEIDEMANN)

The showy amaryllis is native to tropical regions of South America. Amaryllis come in white, red, shades of pink, rose and salmon, as well as bicolor. Two to six blooms are borne on a tall stalk 18 to 36 in. high. You can get these bulbs to bloom again by growing them outdoors over the summer.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY AL SMOKE

Christmas cacti are best grown as porch plants. They definitely won’t tolerate overwatering from summer rains. If whole branches are dropping from your cactus, it’s a sure sign the soil is too wet. Christmas cactus will start setting buds in the fall when cooler temperatures arrive.

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Poinsettia, Christmas cactus and amaryllis are popular holiday plants. With a bit of care you can grow these plants year-round and they will bloom again next December. Avoid over-watering your holiday plants; water only when the top two inches of soil feels dry.

Poinsettias come in a wide range of colors and forms, but if you want to grow your poinsettias and get them to bloom for next year, stick with the standard red or double or triple red. Just after Christmas you can often get a good buy on these plants.

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