Amaryllis Adventures

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For as long as I can remember, all the womenfolk in my family have harboured a deep distrust of poinsettias, and refuse to have them in the house around the holidays. They just don’t like ’em. I have learned this dislike over the years, so I tend to avoid having them around myself. So what do we do instead? We grow amaryllis. This is something that I thought was a thing only grown-ups did, because my grandparents and parents always had a ton of amaryllis bulbs in various stages of bloom all over the house at this time of year. And yesterday, before she left for Florida, my mother gave me an amaryllis of my own. I guess that means I’m a grown-up now.

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Amaryllis are super easy to grow. They’re the ideal indoor flowering plant for people who suck at gardening. For one thing, they pretty much always come in a handy kit that contains everything you need to get started: soil, a pot, and a bulb. And you can buy them at the grocery store. And they’re cheap. It’s the best of all the worlds, really.

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Planting is easy. Add soil to the pot until it’s half full.

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Insert bulb, roots facing down (that is key).

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Fill the remaining space with soil and pat down so that the top 1/3 of the bulb is exposed. Water it sparingly and leave it somewhere sunny. Or even somewhere somewhat sunny. You can even forget about it for a while. In about six weeks, just in time for Christmas, this puppy will grow a long thick stem and spew out anywhere between 1 and 6 flowers. At this point I will likely pop it in a slightly heavier pot as those tall fully-grown amaryllis tend to get a bit top-heavy and are prone to falling over. BOOM. I will keep you updated as to its progress. I figure if it doesn’t bloom then I’m probably not quite a grown-up yet.

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Author: allythebell

A corgi. A small boy. A sense of adventure. Chaos ensues.

13 thoughts on “Amaryllis Adventures”

    1. You? Killed a plant? I don’t believe it. Though they do tend to get softer once they’ve bloomed. They don’t like a huge amount of moisture and I’ve definitely over-watered one or two of them in my life …

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      1. I think it’s because it’s in bloom in December. No sunshine here, then, and can’t put it outside. Plus the house is kind of cold, and I really think they need a bigger pot to survive.
        I’ve also never had luck with any bromeliad, or insect-eating plant. Bummer, eh? I wish you the best of luck, though!

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  1. I have never heard of these, interesting! Although- I have no green thumb, give me a plant and it will be dead in a week haha

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  2. One was left in our house when we moved in. It had survived three years with only occasional waterings, and we didn’t take any great care with it. In fact, we thought it was dead but gave it some water and lo and behold some leaves appeared! All we had were leaves (4 at any given time) until last November when it started a stalk. One stalk, and three flowers in the end that lasted for weeks. I loved it! Then everything died off and this year we have only had three leaves. Two of those are now dying, so we have one leaf and no stalk. Hoping it’ll do better next year – and I think it wants a bigger pot. I bought myself a Christmas cactus in consolation though, so I’m okay.

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