My Amaryllis have been flowering for the last couple of months already! The first to start into growth were the ones on our bedroom windowsill. They have had no water or heat in the last 4 months before they started to show their buds in the neck of the bulbs. As always I start to give them a little water as soon as I see a bud poking its tip out of the bulb. But they stay where they are until the first flowers are about to open, (about 6 weeks), when I move them into our living room & set them on the table. They then stay there until the last flower is dying. This year though they are staying on the table far longer than most years, this is because almost every bulb I’ve brought into the living room has had 2 scapes! While it’s not unusual for Amaryllis to have two scapes what is unusual, at least in my case, is that practically EVERY bulb has 2 this year!
I don’t know why this is so but I think it must have something to do with last summer’s conditions. We had an exceptionally long, hot summer in 2018 &, while my plants are not in direct sunshine for long, it would seem to be the only explanation for this comportment!
Here is a picture taken one month later.
There are now 5 plants on the living room table but already some of the previous plants have finished flowering for this year, even their 2nd scape, & have gone into the kitchen window till I can safely put them outside on the balcony, from about the middle of May onwards, when we are no longer in danger of having a very late frost.
Just yesterday I gave 10 more pots of bulbs their first water in 5/6 months. I still have another 10-15 pots of that are still dry & show no signs of life. These I will give some water to break their dormancy period as well but not till the end of the month or the beginning of May. These will then be the very last to flower for this year. As it takes around 6-8 weeks for them to flower it will be the end of June before they start to flower & they won’t have finished flowering until the end of July. One of the advantages of having so many bulbs! I can stagger the flowering period over several months & thus have flowers for about 6 months of the year!
The photo is of the majority of the bulbs, still in last year’s pots, hibernating on top of the wardrobe in the 2nd bedroom.