I discovered an Amaryllis Anglo-American hybrid with an advanced scape in the greenhouse on Gerry’s allotment & I brought it home today, 24th October 2016. I gave it some water & set it on our living room table so we can enjoy the flowers when they open – just in time for Halloween, though there is nothing scary about these flowers – except, perhaps, there immense size – up to 8 inches across!
This Amaryllis has been flowering for the past couple of weeks. It was moved to the kitchen after just a few days in the living room. Being as it’s cooler there than in the living room I think the flowers have lasted a bit longer than they would have done had they stayed in the living room.
I discovered that this particular bulb, apart from flowering for the very first time ever this year, has a 2nd bud! Way down in the neck of the bulb but now it’s making progress & in 3 or 4 weeks it will also bloom!
I don’t recall any of my other Anglo-American hybrids having made two stems before! Here is a photo I took just a few days ago of the bud poking out of the neck of the bulb:
Well the long awaited day has finally arrived & the 2nd scape/bud is finally flowering! Just today the first flower on this 2nd scape has begun opening, as you can see in the photo.
This 2nd scape has made an enormously long stem – much higher than is usual! I was beginning to wonder when it would stop growing & the flowers would open! Now they are just beginning to open.
The flowers just may make it to the end of the month but I doubt the flowers will still be open into the New Year. But if a flower or two do make it to the New Year then they will be the only Anglo-American hybrid to flower over two years!
The last Anglo-American Amaryllis hybrid has finished flowering & I’ve now moved it back onto the kitchen windowsill where it will stay until the frosts have past, about middle of may, when I will have to move it out onto the balcony.
As my friend Gerry has given up his allotments I have nowhere to put the bulbs when they have finished flowering this year. They will have to cram together on the balcony till October when I will have to bring them inside again.