Every year right before Christmas, about two weeks to be exact, I usually pick myself up an Amaryllis and some Narcissus bulbs. I like the challenge of bringing them to bloom in January every year. I always try to get a red amaryllis because I simply love red. So here are a few pictures of my beauty in bloom. Also there is one more bud coming. Isn`t the red just awesome. Soon I`ll be sharing some pictures of the narcissus too. So be watching. I`ve also included some tips and info for any one who would like to give this a try. Its so much fun and the results are fantastic and well worth the wait and patience.
- Planting Period: October until the end of April.
- Flowering Period: Late December until the end of June.
- Flowering time is 7-10 weeks.
- Larger bulbs produce more flowers.
- Always store un-planted bulbs in a cool place between 40-50 deg. F.
Amaryllis-One of a Kind
Of all flowering bulbs, amaryllis are the easiest to bring to bloom. This can be accomplished indoors or out, and over an extended period of time. The amaryllis originated in South America's tropical regions and has the botanical name Hippeastrum. The large flowers and ease with which they can be brought to bloom make amaryllis popular and in demand worldwide. The amaryllis comes in many beautiful varieties including various shades of red, white, pink, salmon and orange. There are also many striped and multicolored varieties, usually combining shades of pink or red with white.
Preparation for Planting
The base and roots of the bulb should be placed in lukewarm water for a few hours. Remember, if you cannot plant the bulbs immediately after receiving them, store them at a cool temperature between 40-50 degrees F.
Plant bulbs in a nutritious potting compost, many are available pre-mixed. Plant the bulb up to its neck in the potting compost, being careful not to damage the roots. Press the soil down firmly to set the bulb securely in place after planting.
And As Always
Keep It Clean!