Q: I planted some amaryllis bulbs that a friend gave me but they never bloom. They have been in the ground for about three years but all they grow are leaves. What am I doing wrong?
A: The bulbs are old enough to bloom. Many people plant amaryllis bulbs too deeply which can negate flowering. The top one-third of the bulb or throat should be above the soil level. Too low of a light level will also reduce flowering.
Q: Do you know where I could find an angel’s trumpet?
A: They usually do not appear on the market until late spring and then in limited quantities. To get a quicker start you might try ordering seed and starting some yourself. Most seed companies offer this plant.
Q: My Lily of the Nile froze. Can I cut it back now or should I wait until later this spring?
A: Usually frozen plants are not pruned back until spring. Plants with fleshy foliage are the exception. Since its leaves will begin to rot after freezing, cut back your agapanthus now.
Q: My allamanda is getting a reddish cast to some of its leaves. Is this going to be a problem?
A: This is a reaction to the season. When cold weather arrives and the plant is still active, it can cause this change in color. The plant will green up as it gets warmer.