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HOW DOES A WHITE FLOWER FARM AMARYLLIS MAKE THE CUT?
The hunt for new Amaryllis begins each spring when White Flower Farm (www.whiteflowerfarm.com) visits bulb breeders in Holland to see their most promising varieties in bloom. Several dozen Amaryllis are then selected for trials at their nursery and arrangements made for the bulbs to arrive in the fall after harvest.
White Flower Farm's head gardener then goes to work potting and tending her charges, and by mid-winter, the greenhouse is filled with spectacular blooms. The staff at White Flower Farm†soon picks its favorites from this elite group and begins taking class pictures.
The bulb size really does matter. White Flower Farm's Amaryllis bulbs are the top size commercially available (larger than what is generally seen at retail stores), and have been fully prepared at the proper temperatures. They deliver a sensational winter display, most with two stems bearing four blooms up to 7" wide.
Shipment of Amaryllis begins in mid-November. Most bulbs are pre-planted in the White Flower Farm warehouse in a 7" recyclable green pot dressed with Spanish moss (accompanied by a wicker basket or other handsome cachepot). Bareroot bulbs are also available at www.whiteflowerfarm.com/amaryllis.
The giant bulbs require only warm temperatures, strong light, and water to deliver a truly spectacular performance of blooms about 8-10 weeks after receipt.
Next in this series of Amaryllis releases: the best new varieties for 2010.
Barb Pierson, the nursery manager at White Flower Farm, is available for interviews upon request, as are other experts.
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White Flower Farm is a family-owned nursery located in northwest Connecticut. Since 1950, they have been gathering, evaluating, growing, and selling a wide range of annuals, perennials, shrubs, vines, bulbs, and houseplants representing the very best varieties from around the world. Plants shipped are true to name, free of disease, and in prime condition for growing. While in the area, stop by White Flower Farm with its five acres of display gardens, or visit www.whiteflowerfarm.com, where you will also find helpful gardening information including a how-to video library. Join our E-mail list for gardening advice and tips, From the Farm monthly newsletter, announcement of events at the White Flower Farm Store, and special offers not in our catalogues or on our Web site. White Flower Farm -- we make your garden grow.