In a post-holiday world, potted amaryllis languish forgotten and forsaken in the corners of every grocery store floral section. If you look past the holographic foil gift wrapping, there are some serious possibilities for unexpected and gorgeous arrangements when you boldly clip off the bloom. Now is the time, too, because bulbs and plants can be found for pennies compared to pre-holiday prices. When combined with yellow cedar, poppies and kumquats like above, the look is warm and seasonal but also a nice detox from red and green. Warn your friends and family: No bulb is safe once you make the first snip. —
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Amaryllis tends to last longest when cut with one nearly open bud. As the flower opens and fades, the other buds will continue to open in succession, and the display should last at least a week in the vase. The stamens will be long when the flower first opens but will soon explode with pollen. I’m a fan of how this looks, but others remove them to keep the pollen contained.
There are hundreds of bulb varieties available for you to purchase and grow. Cybister amaryllis, like the long spidery variety above, are my new favorites, and the grower has a really nice selection of bulbs to choose from. also has some great deals in the store and variety online. At $10 a pop, it’s worth it for the cut flower alone, not to mention with proper care your plant will bloom year after year.