I love Amaryllis.I grew this one called Apple Blossom last winter and it bloomed in January and brought much needed color in to the home. With all the gray days of winter it is nice to have these large blooms to cheer you up.
The Amaryllis is easy to grow but takes eight to ten weeks to flower from the time of planting. I have grown many different colors and types of Amaryllis but this one is new to me.This one is called Mount Blanc meaning white mountain. It has lovely white blooms with a green throat. It will grow to about thirty inches high. I can’t wait to see the blooms.
When choosing an Amaryllis look for a strong healthy bulb.They are also available prepackaged with pot, soil and bulb but often the bulb is small and may only produce one flowering stalk.Larger bulbs produce more flowers.
To plant an amaryllis you will need a heavy clay pot. This plant will grow to thirty inches high and twelve inches wide and will need a good base for support.The pot should be no more than an inch wider than the bulb. Amaryllis prefer a small pot.
Last year I used a clay wine cooler and you can see how it turned out in the top photo.
Take a close look at the roots and cut off any dried up or dead looking roots. The roots should be white and healthy looking.
You want to start your planting with some good potting mix. The soil needs to be well drained so be sure to use a good soil and a container with drainage holes. Place a small amount of soil in the pot until it is about half way from the top. Make a well in the center and place the bulb in the pot. Hold the bulb with one hand and carefully add soil along the sides of the bulb. When finished one third of the bulb will be above the soil level.
Water well to get it started and don’t let it dry out. These bulbs can be slow to start but once they get going it is fun to watch how fast they shoot up. Once the flowering stem begins to grow, place your plant near a sunny window. They need moderate water and a good source of bright light.Don’t forget to turn your pot as the stem will grow towards the light source. This will keep your plant nice and straight. In about eight to ten weeks you will enjoy some of the most beautiful blooms.
It didn’t take long for this Amaryllis to get growing. Look at its two stems. I knew from the size of the bulb I would get lots of blooms.
You can imagine how heart wrenching it was when I realized that I was leaving town right when this bud was beginning to open. I wondered if I would miss the blooms entirely.
I am all packed on New Years Eve but I can see four buds ready to open.I begged my family to take pictures while I was gone.
I arrived home two weeks later and my Amaryllis is still blooming. It has had eight large white blooms.