By Carol Stocker, who will be on line live to answer your holiday plant and green decorating questions Thursday, Dec. 5 from 1-2 p.m....Amaryllis that you buy now or primed to bloom. Many will rebloom after a dormant period. They usually start off with one flower stalk and a few blossoms, but you can encourage a second stalk by cutting off each flower as it finishes. Then cut off the entire stalk when all the blooms have finished. Water it once a week and feed it with a houseplant fertilizer such as Peter's 20-20-20 water soluble fertilizer every other time you water it for two or three months. Don't keep it too wet or it will rot the bulb. While it's blooming, put it wherever you want to show it off, but when it finishes blooming, put it in a sunny window. The leaves will get strappy. Cut them off when they turn yellow. Put it outdoors in the shade in late May and water it once in a while. Bring it inside in early fall and repot the bulb in the same pot with fresh potting medium, so that one-third of the bulbs stick out above the new potting soil. If it's rested outdoors enough, you don't need a dormant period indoors. Fertilize it twice a month and it may rebloom in January or February."
Many organizations and garden clubs are holding sales of plants and arrangements for holiday decorating and gifts, including the Milton Garden Club's Green Sale 9-11 a.m. this Saturday, Dec. 7. at Cunningham Park Hall, 75 Edge Hill Rd, Milton, (617) 696-3263.