An outstanding bulb that makes your heart sing when in bloom. Expensive, it all depends, buy a small bulb, and get a smaller bloom, pretty. However, get a big bulb, and it repays us with huge, breathtaking blooms that are so beautiful even a photograph cannot capture their true beauty.
Two years ago I purchased two large size bulbs and planted them into pots because they freeze.The blooms were simply elegant. One is white with a greenish yellow throat, the other is white with red stripes, or is it red with white stripes, who knows.
Planted into pots with drainage holes, a coffee filter in the very bottom then filled half way up the pot with rich composty soil. The bulbs were seated on the soil and the pots were filled. This left the bulbs about ¼ out of the soil. Pots were located indoors in a bright window. What a sight when they bloomed about two months later.
After blooms faded, stalks were removed and the pots were moved outdoors in part shade for summer. Pots were brought inside on the first of October and allowed to dry out and the foliage to die down. They were moved into the garage, still in their pots, to rest until February. Then they were brought into the light, watered well, given a dose of liquid fertilizer, and left alone until a tiny spot of green appeared on top of the bulb.
Watering began once a week and the bulbs put up tall, fat, green blades of leaves. They grew and grew, taller and taller. I thought they lacked light so they were moved into brighter light.
Now leaves and blooms are about three feet tall, with magnificent blooms about the size of sandwich plates to astound onlookers. Buds are still appearing on the tall stalks, perhaps four more on each stalk.
Anyone can grow an amaryllis bulb. Simply check your catalogs and order one or two. They come in many colors, white, red and white, pink and cream, and on through about ten shades and colors. All are wonderful, easy care and few bugs bother them.
It is possible to order for fall delivery, then plant them immediately into pots and set them in the light. Amaryllis may bloom in December or later until April, depending on the time planted.
When they finish blooming, remove the bloom stalks, and set bulb pots outside in part shade for the summer. The bulbs will continue to grow during summer. Bring them indoors October 1, store in a cool, dark place, and let them rest until brought into the light, in December or January. What a treat. Try amaryllis and you will enjoy this delightful bulb.