Amaryllis Bulbs – The Forgiving Plant

Amaryllis Bulbs – The Forgiving Plant

Amaryllis Bulbs – The Forgiving Plant

Around ten years ago my best friend asked if I would like a plant she had received and no longer wanted. She told me that it had already bloomed, the leaves were yellow and the bulb looked like it was drying up. She said it was an Amaryllis. I had heard of them, but never had one and I didn’t know how to care for the plant. The pot contained three large bulbs and they were half way out of the soil, which puzzled me. I did some reading up on how to grow amaryllis bulbs and decided to add these bulbs to my indoor plant forest. I kept the pot outside during our Wisconsin Summers and before a frost I would put it in a cardboard box, close the top and put it in my basement. In January I would bring the pot upstairs, clean up the bulbs, transplant it into fresh soil, water it, place it near a window and about eight weeks later I would have some beautiful red flowers. I liked having them bloom after the holidays when the Winter was getting long and I wanted Spring to arrive. Though the years I had neglected the bulbs, not fertilizing ever. The last couple of years during their Summers in my gardens, I have been treating them to a wonderful drink of WORM TEA weekly. The bulbs grew bigger and had babies. The pot now had four large bulbs and three smaller bulbs. I was a happy lady. In October 2012, I again stored them in a cardboard box, closed the top, pushed the box under a table and forgot about them. In February while working on my worm farms in the basement I saw a couple of white stems pushing themselves through the flaps of the box. There was barely any light under this table where the box was stored. Oh my gosh, I forgot about bringing up my amaryllis! I opened the box top and the white stems were twisted like a snake trying to get out through the cracks of the box. There were even bubs on the stems. I brought the pot upstairs, cleaned the dry scales from the bulbs, gave it a very good soaking and placed the pot near a window. I didn’t transplant it or even top it off with new soil. Every day I turned the pot so the stems would get even light. The stems that were all crooked, straightened up tall and strong. In three weeks this plant had greened up and the buds were starting to swell. Through all the neglect that I gave this beautiful plant, the beauty of her blooms shows me that my AMARYLLIS is a FORGIVING PLANT.

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5 thoughts on “Amaryllis Bulbs – The Forgiving Plant

  1. Hi Lark,
    I have one bulb which bloomed the first year. I let it go through the whole cycle and put it in a box all winter. When I brought it out in Jan. it sprouted leaves but no flower. This has happened two years in a row. What am I doing wrong?

  2. Hi Lynn,

    Thank you for stopping by my site. :0) I really, really, neglect my Amaryllis. This year it was actually growing through the cracks of the cardboard box before I brought it up. I don’t water the bulb until I see the bud popping out of the bulb. Then I thoroughly water the bulb and let it dry out between waterings. I never fertilize it until it is done blooming. Then I use mostly worm tea all Summer. It gets part sun down in my holding area during our gardening season. Then into my basement around September in a cardboard box. That is it! NEGLECT is the secret???

  3. Hi I have a 25 year old amaryllis looking for a future home?i don’t really know how she’s still alive,I have had six new bulbs and there are two new ones at the moment and she’s started to flower again,any suggestions on her future

  4. I found your article. I had just written about an amaryllis I bought after Christmas. I was wondering exactly how to take care of it after it is finished blossoming. I will neglect it..I like that advice. Thanks for the help.

  5. Hi Barb. After it finishes blooming cut off the stalk. Water when dry. Treat it as a houseplant until you can put it outside for the summer. During the summer I fertilize it regularly until about September. Let it dry out and put it in a paper bag or box. Store in basement until whenever you want it to bloom again. I still have to bring mine up from my basement. I think I will do that right now. :0)

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