Monday, January 11, 2010


Okay, so I bought this Amaryllis somewhere around Halloween. The box said: Blooms in 8-10 weeks. I wanted it bloomed by Christmas, so I had plenty of time. Well, at Christmas it was about 3 or 4 inches above the bulb, only! I was keeping it watered. It was in a relatively "warm" place. It had sufficient light. I was doing everything right, I thought. But still no flower was appearing. Until I put it on a radiator. By a doorway. With a lamp on all day long right next to it. And just in the last 7-10 days I got this.

Posted by Picasa (various stages of bloom, pictures taken daily)

As, you can see there is another bloom waiting in the wings, so to speak. It is very pretty, although there is no leafy matter (it's still just coming out of the bulb portion). I think I have figured out that these bulbs do best pretty much soaking in water. It seemed to love that when I "over-watered" and grew the quickest. I have never had one of these before, last year I tried paperwhites. I had basically the same results with those, but those were fragrant, where this has no scent.

All in all, not bad for $3.96!


  1. So glad you posted this! I have one that I just planted, it was a Christmas gift. I have the brownest thumb ever so I've been worried about caring for it. I'll go water mine some more and move it closer to a radiator and window. Right now it has light but not direct. Thanks for the tips, those blooms ended up being beautiful!

  2. A little bit of brightness in the winter grey. Wish I had planted one of these. The blooms are wonderful.

  3. Lisa, its gorgeous. I've grown one for the last 3 years. As a matter of fact, I'm sharing pictures of her growth on my sidebar right now. My MIL gave me a paperwhite kit, and when the Amaryllis is finished blooming, I'm going to work on those. OH.. and My A, has never bloomed more than one bloom per season, not sure why.

  4. I'm afraid the gray and snowy days didn't offer the bulbs enough light, seems everyone had the same problem. It's nice to have the color in January though, isn't it???

  5. So pretty! Reminds me of my own mother. She grew several of these each year. She would keep them over the summer in the basement, then the next Christmas season get them out again. They would always bloom, year after year. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I bought one for my mom for Christmas and I love to grow them too. Thanks for the tips, Dawn


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