I have been growing Amaryllis at home ever since one of my sisters gave me a bulb, complete with pot & growing mix at Christmas 1981. I planted it on Christmas Day & it flowered exactly 2 months later! We moved back to Spain later in 1982 & I took the bulb with me. I had bulbs that came from this original one for the 20 years we lived over there. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to bring any of them back with me when we returned to the UK 10 years ago. Nevertheless I bought 3 bulbs, from a Dutch stall, when the town held its first ever international market, (since repeated every year for the last 10). One was pure white,another pure red & the third a red with a white stripe down its petals.
Five years later I cross pollinated them & grew on about 50 of the resultant plants. They flowered in their 4th year for the 1st time. This year they flowered again, their 5th year.
UPDATE NOVEMBER 26th 2011:
Just yesterday I noticed that the first flowers on this bulb were opening. When I brought it back from the allotment there was a bud low down in the neck of the bulb but I wasn’t sure at the time if it was a bud or new leaves developing, they can look very similar while still low down in the bulb’s neck.
Today I brought it into the kitchen from the 2nd bedroom where it had been growing. I still have several other plants with buds at different heights, one I only discovered last week when it was about 30cm/12in tall! That might seem rather strange but if you could see my kitchen windowsill, which is 3m/10ft long, & has pots of bulbs along the whole length & two tiers high & even 3 towards the ends! This particular plant was also on the bottom tier with another two tiers above it. It was also behind the small TV set making it difficult to get to. In our bedroom there is yet another one that’s a few cm/ins high. I may have a flower or two for Christmas – without planning for it! :-))
I’ve changed the 4th photo to show the flowers that have opened today close up!
UPDATE DECEMBER 20TH 2011:
Now the last flower of 2011 is dying. It’s a pure red one that has already lost two flowers & this last flower will also be dead in a couple of days – so I won’t quite make it for Christmas. I’m not worried as these last 3 bulbs have been a “bonus” to end a fabulous year of Amaryllis flowers. I’ve had flowers almost every month of the year & none of it was my planning! I let them go their own sweet way & that’s how they repay me! :-))
I have more bulbs with flower buds just coming out of the necks of the bulbs but there will be no more flowers opening during 2011. Since bringing them home from the allotment I have kept them very dry. They haven’t been watered in months! Most have now lost their foliage but any I notice starting to produce a bud get watered immediately.
All my Amaryllis flowers for 2011 can be found online here:
UPDATE JANUARY 2012:
My Amaryllis are flowering very well on our living room table. I have two pure red bulbs in flower plus one that is white with red veining. The flowers are a tremendous size! I take photos of them practically daily!
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