The Amaryllis needs no introduction at all. There are so many great hybrid Amaryllis to choose from today in many colors and bi-colors. I found the bulb in a box of Suzanne’s stuff in 2009 and planted it… It came up and did very well all summer, but of course, it didn’t flower. At the time I didn’t know how to make it flower so I just let it grow.
In 2010 I decided to try and get it to flower. To do this, it first had to go dormant. I put the pot in the closet and withheld water in September 2010 I think. Slowly, one by one, the leaves died until there were no leaves left. This process takes a while… I don’t remember when, but at some point I noticed a leaf starting to emerge so I took it out of the closet. Still no flowers…
I tried it again in the fall of 2011. This time, I put it in a smaller pot and did not give it any water. After a while, all the leaves went dormant. After several months of neglect in the dark, I noticed a leaf and a bud coming up… It was funny because they were completely white because it had been in the dark. I took the pot out of the closet and it continued to grow and green up. It produced four beautiful red flowers!
Funny thing is that one of my neighbors had them growing in her flower bed… Here all this time I had mine in a pot and she left hers outside to go dormant and come up and flower naturally. Well, you can do that in the south, but being from Missouri I had no clue.
Amaryllis are very easy to grow and get to flower. It just requires a little patience.
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