Amaryllis bulbs help gardeners get through the winter
Amaryllis bulbs are one of the plants that gets gardeners through the winter.
The bulbs are easy to grow in a six or seven inch pot with the top shoulders of the bulb above moist planting mix. Firming in that soil to support the stalk is very important. The soil will need a little water, but don’t soak the medium, that could rot the bulb. There are many different forms of the flowers. I’m a sucker for the frilly doubles.
Sometimes the long stalk will need to be supported with a thin stake, especially when they don’t get enough light. In some cases, gardeners will simply discard the plant after it’s done blooming, which is OK, but it can be saved for an annual show of blooms if cared for correctly. I’ve got bulbs all over the house from previous years and the bloom periodically from now until spring. It’s exciting when the bulb sends up a bud in the dead of winter. It gives this gardener a lot of joy.
When the plants is done blooming the flower stalk is removed, but foliage is left on, the greens will feed the bulb as it goes into dormancy. Grow it in a sunny windowsill, treating it as a houseplant and then take it outside after danger of frost passed. The bulb will need water when rain is scarce, and they need to be protected from too much moisture. After a light frost, the bulbs come in and are put into dormancy in a dark place like a basement. After several weeks of no water, the foliage will turn brown and should be removed. It’s the bulbs themselves that will tell you when they should be brought back upstairs to bloom.
You’ll see a growing tip coming out of the bulb when it wants to be watered again.
Amaryllis bulbs are easy to grow on the windowsill and can provide years of enjoyment.