I have gotten several Amaryllis bulbs over the years and have kept them alive, with leaves nearly all of the time, but rarely get blooms from them. About a month ago, my friend, fellow IAS member and plant blogger Jason was at my house standing in the greeenhouse, talking plants. He's a big Amaryllis nut and I mentioned that I had three growing on the bottom shelf there in the greenhouse. I mentioned that I just let them grow year round and don't bother forcing dormancy or anything. He said that is really the best way to grow them. But, I told him, mine never bloom... That's when he said, "But, you've got one about to bloom right now!"
I looked down to see that one of the Amaryllis had, sure enough, put up a stem, which was growing through the next shelf level. I carefully removed the plant from the shelves and brought it in the house to a sunny window, where it opened a couple of days later. None of my plants were labeled - probably from the beginning - since they were grocery store bought bulbs. But this one has really nice vibrant red and white blooms. Up close the flower is even more attractive.
I looked back in my blog history and could only find one other picture of one of my Amaryllis bulbs in bloom. Thankfully it was a picture of both of the other two plants, so now I know what I have - a solid red, a solid pink and a red and white striped. I don't know the names, but maybe Jason will help me out with that over time.
|My recent Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) bloom|
|Closeup of Amaryllis (Hippeastrum)|