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Amaryllis Arranging

The Martha Stewart Show, December 2006

These tropical plants, native to South America, make a beautiful addition to your home during the holidays. At $12 to $18 per stem, you only need one or two amaryllis to make a simple floral arrangement.

Tools and Materials
One or two amaryllis
Rubber bands
Small, shallow vase
Flower food
Scented geranium
Green hypericum

Amaryllis Arranging How-To
1. First, you'll need to remove the pollen by taking out the anthers from the slightly closed bloom. Pollen can stain table linens, clothes, and the flower itself.

2. Wrap a rubber band around the base stem, preventing the stem from curling.

3. Place one or two stems in a vase. Fill the vase with warm water and flower food and add scented geranium and green hypericum. With proper care, amaryllis can last for up to two weeks.

Special Thanks
Thanks to the U.S. Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center. For more information, visit bulb.com.