Sunday, November 27, 2011

Frost crystals on autumn leaves - hoar frost

It's chilly outside but the yellow autumn leaves of the silver birch trees are still hanging on the graceful pendulous branches.
Silver birch tries are the last that lose their leaves in late autumn.

Shiny frost crystals are rushing the leaves to let go.
The color of the leaves turn brown becoming more intense after sharp frosts.

I like to watch the feathery hoar frost crystals, covering the rusty leaves in the morning on the tree in front of my window.

 Hoar frost on tree branches and autumn leaves.
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Saturday, November 05, 2011

White Amaryllis re-blooming-Hippeastrum photos

This gorgeous flower is the White Hippeastrum, popularly but erroneously called Amaryllis. They are both bulbous plants in the family Amaryllidaceae.

Most species of amaryllis are indoor plants, blooming once a year, in late spring (May), like my red amaryllis but some cultivars put on a great show for the winter holidays.

I've recently found out that you can force your amaryllis to re-bloom the second time, in winter.
It seams now is the right time to force the plant to re-bloom so I'm going to try it. Read bellow how it works:
White amaryllis - Hippeastrum macro photoThese photos of the white amaryllis were taken at the flower center.

How to force your amaryllis to re-bloom for Christmas

  1. Once your plant is finished flowering in spring, cut the spent blooms from the top of the stem. When the stem starts to sag, cut it back 5cm (2 inches) from the top of the bulb. Don't cut off the leaves at this time.
  2. Continue to water to keep the soil moist, but not wet and feed with houseplant fertilizer at half rate.
  3. Somewhere in August the leaves will begin to yellow. Now you should cut them back too to about 5cm (2 inches) from the top of the bulb.
  4. Stop watering in mid September and place the pot with the bulb in a cool (about 10ºC), poorly lit place such as a basement or shed for about 6-8 weeks. This way you force the bulb to go dormant.
    I've read at About.com that if you want your Amaryllis to bloom at a specific time, Thanksgiving or Christmas, count backwards about 10 - 12 weeks, to determine when to stop watering.Beautiful white amaryllis flower - Hippeastrum photo
  5. In November bring the Amaryllis plant back into a well-lit and normally warm room (about 20ºC) and begin lightly watering again, just to moisten the soil.
  6. New leaves and/or flower stem will emerge after a few (6-8) weeks, if you are lucky.
I wish you much luck if you want to try too.
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