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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Amazing Amaryllis

How to Grow Amaryllis Indoors

Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Indoor Plants

What do Poinsettias, Prepared Hyacinths, Paperwhite Daffodils and Amaryllis have in common? They are all great ways to decorate your home for the Holidays.

White Amaryllis Flower

Amaryllis flowers come from a bulb, originally native to South America. In warmer climates, hardiness zones 9-11, they are a tender perennial. They will not survive outdoors in our area. They’re known by their botanical name Hippeastrum, which is derived from the Greek words for horse and star. In fact, in the Greek language, Amaryllis means ‘to sparkle’. Sparkle they do! In nature, they bloom outdoors in Spring and Summer, but we prepare them to bloom indoors for you, for the holidays.

They are low maintenance, easy to grow indoors and provide extremely attractive and reliable blooms. Amaryllis are extremely long lived. It can take up to 6 years for an immature bulb to reach flowering age and the bulb itself can live for up to 75 years. The older and larger the bulb, the more flowers it can produce. All of our bulbs are ready and able to bloom for you!

Flowers are predominantly available in shades of red, white, pink or orange. There are also unique varieties with stripes and or multiple colours. In fact, there are over 600 named, recognized varieties most of which are grown in Holland or South Africa and imported to Canada for the Holidays.
Amaryllis bulb

How To Grow Amaryllis

Newly purchased Amaryllis bulbs are usually extremely dry and benefit from soaking the roots in lukewarm water for a couple of hours. Afterwards, shake off the excess water and prepare your planting pot. The pot should be fairly heavy to prevent the tall stems from tipping over. A pot 1-2 inches wider than the bulb on all sides is ideal. We recommend using a lighter potting soil like Pro-Mix to allow for good drainage. Don’t use soil from the garden as it may have poor drainage or contain pests or disease. We recommend using fresh potting soil each year.

Also make sure the pot has a decent drainage hole. The bulbs will rot if left to sit in water. Spread the roots of the bulb into the soil and plant it pointy-side up with soil up to its neck. Pat down the soil firmly to set the bulb in place. 1/3 of the bulb should be visible above the soil

Position the bulb in a warm place in bright sunlight. Water occasionally until the stems and foliage appear. Water more regularly as the stem elongates and the flower bud begins to form. Turn the pot occasionally to keep the stem straight and strong. Taller varieties will benefit from a stake or a decorative Amaryllis support.

Flowers will develop when the stem is fully grown. This usually takes 6-8 weeks from planting. For Christmas blooms, this means potting up your Amaryllis blooms in late October through November depending on the variety.

Amaryllis flowers dislike intense sunlight. To prolong the blooms, keep the blooms out of direct sunlight. Bright, indirect light is best
Planted Amaryllis Bulb

Amaryllis Care

Amaryllis are long lasting bulbs and can be made to rebloom the next year.

Once the flowers have finished blooming, cut away the spent blooms. Once the foliage begins to sag, cut it back 1-2 inches from the top of the bulb. Feed and water regularly. Once all chance of frost has passed, you can move your bulbs outdoors. Allow the leaves to fully develop and grow. As it does, it stores energy in the bulb which will also enlarge over the season. The bulbs will also reproduce by creating smaller bulbs called ‘offsets’ that can be separated from the mother bulb. These may take up to 6 years to reach a flowering size. Larger bulbs are also capable of producing more flowers so there is a benefit to keeping your Amaryllis going year after year.

In mid summer, reduce the amount of water the plant receives. Continue to reduce the watering and allow the soil to dry out completely by late Summer. By early Fall, the bulb will go dormant and the leaves will turn yellow. Cut the foliage back to about 2 inches from the top of the bulb. Remove the bulb from the soil and clean it gently so the roots do not get damaged. Store the bulb in a cool, frost free location. Someplace where the temperature stays between 4-10 degrees Celsius is good. If you’re going to use a refrigerator, do not store it near apples, as they give off a gas that can sterilize the bulb. Keep the bulb cool for a minimum of 4-6 weeks. At that point, you should be able to pot the bulb into fresh soil and enjoy the blooms again for the Holidays.
Waxed Amaryllis Bulbs

What's With The Waxed Amaryllis?

The hottest indoor holiday plant these days are Waxed Amaryllis. No muss, no fuss, just beautiful blooms. Everything the plant needs to grow is in the bulb itself. Simply put the bulb in a decorative display and enjoy until after it flowers.

2017 Amaryllis Varieties

We carry a fantastic variety of Amaryllis bulbs that are available instore or online in our webstore 

A few varieties are already sold out and limited quantities are available on others. Hurry in for the best selection!
Amaryllis Bulb 2017 Selection

  • Amaryllis ‘Cupid’
  • Amaryllis ‘Elvas’
  • Amaryllis ‘Comet’
  • Amaryllis ‘Flamenco Queen’
  • Amaryllis ‘Dancer’
  • Amaryllis ‘Dasher’
  • Amaryllis ‘Blitzen’
  • Amaryllis ‘Prancer’
  • Amaryllis ‘Apple Blossom’
  • Amaryllis ‘Mount Blanc’
  • Amaryllis ‘Nymph’
  • Amaryllis ‘Red Lion’
  • Amaryllis ‘Picotee’
  • Amaryllis ‘Rudolph’
  • Amaryllis ‘Red Lion’
  • Amaryllis ‘ Vixen’

Friday, October 6, 2017
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Bulbs

Bulb growers are doing their best to make flower combinations as easy as possible. In fact, they have take away all of the guesswork and risk by introducing Colouful Companions. These bulb assortments feature high quality attractive looking bulb combinations for you garden. Simply plant them now and enjoy them in the Spring. A few of the combinations available this year include:

Colourful Companion Bulbs 1

Joyful Hearts Tulips – Colourful Companions

Beautiful combination of rosy pink and soft orange tulips that are both fragrant and great for cut flowers. Grows to a height of 18 inches. Flowers in mid-spring. Full to part sun. 12 bulbs per pack

Sweet English Rose Tulips – Colourful Companions

A new combination of soft orange and lavender-white tulips that flower in late spring. Grows to a height of 20 inches. Best in full to part sun. 14 bulbs per pack.

Emperor Mix Tulips – Colourful Companions

A new colourful mix of white, yellow and orange fragrant tulips that flower in mid-spring. Great for cut flowers. Grows to a height of 18 inches. Best in full to part sun. 12 bulbs per pack. Colourful Companion Bulbs 2

Love at First Blush Tulips – Colourful Companions

This new combination of soft pink or red with white tulips that flower in mid-spring.
Great for cut flowers. Grows to a height of 18 inches. Best in full to part sun. 14 bulbs per pack

Spring Cheer Colourful Companions

This beautiful new mix of yellow and white narcissus, dark purple muscari (grape hyacinths) and purple-white Chionodoxa are sure to being Spring Cheer to the garden. Great combination for naturalizing. Flowers in early spring. Deer resistant. Low growing to a height of 6 inches. Best in full to part sun. 36 bulbs per pack.

Stainless Steel Colourful Companions

This new combination white-violet tulips and beautiful blue muscari has the appearance of stainless steel in the garden. Great for containers. Flowers in mid-spring. Grows to a height of 16 inches. Best in full to part sun. 24 bulbs per pack.
Colourful Companion Bulbs 3

Delightful Colourful Companions

This Delightful Companion set of white with blush pink as well as red tulips. Flowers in mid-spring. Great for cut flowers. Grows to 18 inches in height. Best in full to part sun. 12 bulbs per pack

Ballroom Blitz Colourful Companions

This lovely combination of red and purple tulips is sure to please. Flowers in late spring and is ideal for cut flowers. Grows to 18 inches. Best in full to part sun. 14 bulbs per pack.

Bulbs have been incredibly popular this year and supplies are running low! Hurry in to Art's Nursery to get yours!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Bulbs

Is it possible that Christmas comes again in March? Every year, new summer blooming bulb varieties are introduced in March. This year's lineup includes a number of gorgeous Dahlias, Lilies and a number of other treasures like Cobra Lilies, Canna Lilies and Daylilies. Enjoy!

New bulbs for 2017

Canadian Celebration Dahlia

Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday this summer by growing Canadian Celebration (Fire and Ice) Dahlia. It promises continuous flowers July through October. It’s a gorgeous and vibrant semi-double dahlia with true red and white petals surrounding a striking golden yellow centre that lends a friendly daisy-like appearance. Simply fun and eye-catching, this dahlia is ready to bring on the colour and patriotic spirit wherever it is grown. Whether your garden is large or small, this dahlia is ideal for borders, beds, and containers on balconies and patios. Easy to grow in well-draining soil and full sun, Canadian Celebration Dahlia reaches 40 cm (16”) in height. Flowers are 8-10 cm (3-4”) across, and the more you cut them for bouquets the more they’ll bloom.

Painted Madame Dahlia

The Painted Madame dahlia has light orange petals with speckled and striped red painted on like details. With its many layered petals and light green stem, this flower brings a vibrant and unique aspect to your garden. This bulb flowers July to October and grows 40-44 inches high. This exotic flower originating from Mexico and Guatemala’s Inca kings are one of the easiest to grow. It provides a wonderful source for cut flowers in mid-summer until the first frost.

Wizard of Oz - Pompom Dahlia

The Wizard of Oz Dahlia is a pompom like flower head with ball-shaped blooms that have an ombre-like tone under the petals. This textured and layered flower grows 3 inches wide and flowers mid-late summer. They enjoy full sun and are wonderful, long lasting cut flowers. This flower is a perfect add to your garden when looking for a pop of fun and liveliness.

New bulbs for 2017

Blackberry Ripple Giant- Dinnerplate Cactus Dahlia

The Blackberry Ripple Cactus Dahlia usually blooms in mid/late summer to early fall. Each bloom is uniquely colored typically pink or purple and has narrowly pointed petals which give it a cactus spidery look. This flower needs full sun and they are susceptible to the cold so be careful not to plant them too early and be sure to dig them up before the frost comes. The flower originates from Guatemala and Mexico. Cactus Dahlia’s can grow to 44 inches (110cm) tall.

Myrtle’s Folly - Giant Dinnerplate Dahlia

The Myrth’s Folly Dahlia is an impressive flower. Huge in size measuring up to 8 inches across and 36 inches high (90cm). This flower requires full sun and usually starts to blossom from mid summer to early fall. These Dahlias are easy to grow in the garden and usually have pink and red color petals with a mix of gold. These flowers don’t like the cold so you want to dig them up before he frost comes and store them in the winter before replanting them in the spring. Store them in a box covered with moistened sand and keep at (7-10 degrees Celsius).

Sylvia Ball Dahlia

The Sylvia ball dahlias have fresh orange-like blooms that bring a vibrant aspect to your flower beds. This layered flower creates a globe shape. These vibrant orange flowers are perfect for your mid-summer to first frost bouquets. These dahlias grow up to 40 inches. Although they are hardy they are susceptible to the cold.

New bulbs for 2017

Double Jill Dahlia

The Double Jill dahlia is a white and yellow glob shaped flower with an orange and red centre. Both the layered petals and lemon-vanilla shades gives the flower depth. Dahlias are amongst the easiest to grow and are an abundant source for cut flowers. They grow 40 inches high and strive in full sun making it perfect for those with no shade in their garden.

Sweet Violets - Novelty Pompom Dahlia

This Sweet violet has layered petals forming the flower head into a spherical shape. It grows 40 inches tall and is easy to grow. Sweet Violet dahlias are beautiful cut flowers and are very unique compared to other cut flowers thus usually making it the star of the bouquet.

Brigitta Alida - Giant Dinnerplate Dahlia

The Brigitta Alida dahlia is a large intense flower with a burgundy centre and lighter outer petals. This plant is deer resistant and with a single stem you can make a flower arrangement! They bloom from mid-summer to the first frost and enjoy full sun. There height ranges from 40 inches and this dahlia is quite hardy.

New bulbs for 2017

Mignus Randy - Giant Dinnerplate Dahlia

The Mingus Randy dahlia has a dinnerplate size flower head and is a great cut flower. It had a lavender colour centre and edges and in the between is a creamy white. Its pointed, thin petals give the flower a unique spunky look and are unlike most flowers. It grows up to 40 inches high and is fairly hardy, other than not liking the cold.

Penhill Watermelon Giant Dinnerplate Dahlia

Penhill Watermelon is a Giant Dinnerplate Dahlia variety in shades of luscious pink, peach and yellow. Flowers can measure up to 11 inches across!. Great cut flower. Provides nearly continuous blooms from summer through until first frost. Grows up to 60 inches in height

Apricot Fudge- Double Asiatic Lily

These elegant lilies have a rose like form. They are a soft peach in color and they are very strong flowers, resistant to disease and viruses which make them exceptional flowers for the gardens, containers as well as cut flowers. This Lily requires full sun and partial shade. They bloom double flowers off the stem in late spring, early summer and grow 25 to 36 inches. These Lilies multiply annually and have a beautiful fragrance that butterflies love.

New bulbs for 2017

Outback Trumpet Lily

The Outback Trumpet Lily has a creamy yellow colour with medium to dark coloured leaves. This superb flower that reaches 3 to 4 feet makes it perfect for a mid-garden setting. Since these flowers can grow tall, we suggest you plant them where they are protected from strong winds. They flower mid to late July and grow in full sun to partial shade. Furthermore its soft yellow petals and significant size also carry a strong fragrance. They make great cut flowers when planted in groups.

Campfire Dance Montbretia

This new Colourful Companions pack features 20 assorted Crocosmia corms that produce flowers in shades of yellow, orange and red. Also known as Montbretia, these intriguing flowers bloom in summer and are hummingbird magnets. Grows best in full sun. Reaches 24 inches in height.

Mercedes - Calla Lily

The Mercedes Calla lily is an upscale, posh flower like its name. Its intense green foliage and sleek pointed tips make this flower very different from others. It loves full sun and grows up to 2 feet. Its peachy and red tone highlights create an intense, stunning flower perfect for any occasion. This bulb is also perfect for containers as it has narrow foliage.

New bulbs for 2017

Vanilla Cream - Greenleaf Canna

The Vanilla Cream Greenleaf Canna flower has a unique shape with creamy white flowers and classic green foliage. It blooms mid-summer to late summer and strives in full sun. Its height rages from 24 inches- 60 inches thus requiring protection from strong winds. Other attributes include being deer resistant as well as gracing your kitchen dining table as cut flowers.

Arisaema speciousum- Giant Cobra Lily

Arisaema speciousum, also known as the Cobra Lily is a perennial which originates from India and requires part sun to mostly shade. In late spring to early summer usually three dark green textured leaves will appear with red edging. The plant will flower usually in May and will have a dark wine purple color with white pinkish stripes. The flower will hold a spadix which starts off thick and sturdy then turns to a crumpled red thread. This plant can grow anywhere from 30-34 inches high (76-86cm). The Giant Cobra Lily enjoys a mist well drained soil. This plant contains calcium oxalate crystals which can irritate the mouth and esophagus.

Here Lies Butch - Hemerocallis

This daylily has thick white and purple petals with lime trimmings. This plant produces 5 inch flowers across on 22 inch stems. The bloom season is typically from mid-late summer. This plant needs full sun and partial shade. All parts of the plant is edible, bee friendly and fragrant.

Most of these items are available at Art's for spring 2017, between February and the End of April. You can also shop for these in our webstore. As always, please call 604.882.1201 to confirm availability if you are making a special trip as quantities may be limited for some varieties.


Friday, October 7, 2016
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Bulbs

The other day our bulb grower mentioned that they had a number of exceptionally unique and rare bulbs available this fall. Being B.C's plant specialists, we snapped them up right away. Here are 7 unique, if not rare bulbs for Fall 2016

Rare Bulbs Fall 2016

Silver Chimes Narcissi

Silver Chimes is a fragrant, multi-headed triandrus Narcissi. Each stem will produce six plus flowers per stem. Flowers are pure white with a small yellow cup. An excellent choice for cut flower displays. Great for naturalizing. Grows to a height of 12 inches. Prefers full to part sun. Flowers in late spring, usually April through May. Deer resistant.

Diskcissel Narcissus jonquilla

Dickcissel Daffodil produces beautiful lemon yellow trumpet shaped flowers with white throats and centers at the end of its stems. Flowers are fragrant and bloom in mid to late spring. Very attractive when planted in groups. Leaves are grass-like and remain dark green in colour. Grows to a height 10 inches. Prefers full to part sun. Great for naturalizing and deer resistant.

Jenny Narcissus cyclamineus

Jenny Narcissus Cyclamineus produces elegant milky-white petals and a lemon trumpet that fades to creamy white. Flowers emerge in March to April and are very distinctive in appearance. Windswept petals are accented by long trumpets. Flowers stand up well to wind and rain making it ideal for west coast. Ideal for naturalizing too. Grows to a height of 12 inches. Prefers full to part sun.

Diamond Ring Narcissi bulbocodium

Diamond Ring is a very floriferous Dutch selection of Narcissi bulbocodium. Cute, small, bright hellow hoop-shaped flowers are accented by thin green foliage in mid spring, typically, late March. Grows to a height of 6 inches. Prefers full to part sun. Great for naturalizing and Deer resistant

Rare Bulbs Fall 2016

Tommansinianus Snow Crocus

Beautiful pale lavender to deep reddish purple flowers grow on this Heirloom Snow Crocus bulb from 1847. Silvery or creamy accents may appear on the outside of the flower. It naturalizes beautiful and claims to be squirrel resistant as well. Grows to a height of 3 inches. Prefers full to part sun. Flowers in early spring.

G.P. Baker Corydalis

G.P. Baker is a much sought after spectacular dark pink, almost red Corydalis. An excellent perennial variety for creating an unusual splash of colour in a woodland setting. Flowers in late Spring. Grows to a height of 6 inches. Great for naturalizing. Deer resistant. Plant in full to part sun.

Allium Red Mohican

Red Mohican is a flowering allium (onion) with an unusual Bordeaux red colour and a white crest. It’s a form of Allium amethystinus that Flowers in late Spring. Stems are bent when they first appear but gradually straighten out before the flower develops. Grows to a height of 40 inches. An excellent garden plant to attract bees and butterflies as well as being a wonderful cut flower that can last up to 3 weeks. Prefers full to part sun and well drained fertile soil. It is great for naturalizing and is also Deer resistant.

We hope you enjoy these wonderful selections as much as we do! If you are making a special trip, please call ahead 604.882.1201, to confirm availability, as they may sell out quickly.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Bulbs

Canadian Celebration Tulip

Ok, ok its hard to get too excited about bulbs. Well... this Fall we have a treat for you! As you may or may not know, Canada celebrates its 150th Birthday in 2017. It’s time to show our pride for this beautiful, generous, and kind nation of many cultures. What better way than to plant spring flowering bulbs in patriotic colours?

Tulip Canadian Celebration (syn. Tulip Happy Generation) is both regal and festive for the occasion. Each petal of these enormous, long lasting ivory white blossoms are emblazoned with flames that resemble maple leaves – Canada’s national emblem.

Arising from a hint of yellow at the tulip’s base, the flames turn scarlet red. Silvery white edging on the leaves adds to the visual impact, especially when planted in groups of 5-7 bulbs or more.

Canadian Celebration blooms mid-spring, grows to 50 cm (20”) tall, and its sturdy stems hold blossoms upright to withstand wind and rain. It will perform best in full sun, rich and fertile, well-draining soils. Plant in garden beds, borders, or containers. Canadian Celebration will look gorgeous and begin the festivities in your neighbourhood!

Order Canadian Celebration Tulips online, or hurry in and grab yours in-store!


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