Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Amaryllis

It took a while but it finally got there. I bought my mum an amaryllis for Christmas and shortly afterwards, I bought one for myself. Admittedly, my mum's was started off a little while before mine was but hers bloomed ages ago. I'm sure you'll agree that mine was worth the wait though.


I don't think I've ever grown one in the past which had as much foliage at the time of blooming as this one does, they're usually just flower spikes and the leaves tend to come later.


If you look around the back you can see that a second flower spike has started to grow so there's more beautiful blooms to come.


As for the amaryllis bulb I kept from last year, well, it hasn't done much I'm afraid. Just three tall leaves and no sign of any blooms, though I think you're supposed to feed them after flowering and I never did that. Never mind, they're cheap enough to buy new each year.

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    1. It was the only colour they had left when I treated myself to this bulb but I'm very happy with it.

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  2. I've not bought an Amaryllis for years. I used to have one every year for a while. I don't know why I stopped because when the blooms appear they are beautiful.

    Mitzi

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    1. They're such easy plants to grow if you buy them already potted up, but as you say, they put on a marvellous display.

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  3. They are always worth the wait, yours is stunning. I normally get the flowers first and then the leaves. Mine is still flowering, I have 1 stem in full bloom, 1 stem going over and the last stem is gone over, it was the best bulb ever for me.

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    1. I don't think I've ever had one with three flower stems, you've been very spoilt.

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  4. That's spectacular! I used to buy one every year for my grandmother. She was housebound and liked to watch its progress as it grew. x

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    1. I bought one for my mum for Christmas, she has dementia and I thought it might interest her seeing it grow. Each day that I go round to see her she tells me how much it's grown, numerous times. My dad's enjoyed watching it grow too.

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  5. It's beautiful. How long do the flowers usually last? X

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    1. They last a good couple of weeks, and if you're lucky to get a second flower bud which comes after the first it obviously extends the flowering period.

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  6. Such a beautiful, rich red!

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  7. Wonderful flowers and that's a lovely colour. I've never grown one but may well have a go next year. xx

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    1. They're fascinating to watch, they seem to grow before your very eyes.

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  8. Glorious - and another bloom yet to come, too! I've never grown one but would love to at some point.

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    1. The second bud is behind the plant so it had shot up before I even realised it was there. It'll extend the flowering period which I'm pleased about.

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  9. This is the second year that I missed out on having an Amaryllis, I have never been very successful in keeping them from year to year. They are stunning and I will try to remember for next year.

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    1. It's the first time that I've kept a bulb from one year to the next but it hasn't been very successful, I'm really pleased that I invested in a new one too otherwise I wouldn't have got any blooms this year.

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  10. It's beautiful, definitely worth the wait. It'll be even more spectacular with more blooms.

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    1. I think half the fun of growing an amaryllis is watching it grow right from the beginning, the flower stems are like something prehistoric and grow at quite a pace.

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  11. Just gorgeous!!! That is one plant I have never grown but what a spectacular specimen your plant is with all the leaves and that beautiful bloom...and one more to come!!! xo Diana

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    1. They're such fun to grow, they grow so fast and then the blooms are fantastic. They put on quite a show.

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  12. What gorgeous flowers...I've never had an amaryllis before, think I might have to get one this Christmas!

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    1. They seem quite popular now, even the supermarkets sell them and they're not very expensive either. Certainly cheaper than a nice bunch of flowers and they last much longer.

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  13. Sooooo lovely!!!!

    And I never bought any bulbs, to grow inside, in winter. -pout- Silly me.

    Happy Spring!
    ๐Ÿƒ ๐Ÿƒ ๐Ÿƒ ๐Ÿƒ ๐Ÿƒ

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    1. I love indoor bulbs over winter and spring, it makes waiting for summer a little more bearable.

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  14. It's stunning, so much foliage and the promise of another bloom too...fabulous.

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    1. I've never grown one with so much foliage whilst it's still flowering, the leaves usually come later.

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  15. What a beautiful amaryllis that looks, such a fabulous colour.

    All the best Jan

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  16. Such beauty, I do love the deep colour. I have never had much looking growing them but am tempted to give it another try.

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    1. I've never had one fail me yet. I always buy the ones which are already potted up and then it's just a case of adding water.

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    1. It's quite 'in your face' but I like that.

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    1. It's amazing how much pleasure a simple plant can bring. I've enjoyed watching it grow and now I'm enjoying watching it bloom.

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  19. They are really dramatic aren't they?

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    1. They are, they remind me of something prehistoric, especially before the flowers open.

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  20. Wow you got a good one there! The last one I planted had a second flower stalk and it was only one of the cheaper bulbs from Aldi.
    Yours looks lovely, the red is very striking.
    I replanted a bulb too one year and got nothing from it, i've since read that they don't tend to come again which is a shame.

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    1. I picked this one up after Christmas in Tesco and it was half price, they're not all that expensive anyway. I think the secret to getting a bulb to flower a second time is to feed it once it stops flowering, which I omitted to do last year. Never mind, they're cheap enough to buy new each year.

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  21. How lovely, been AWOL, having a catch up ๐Ÿ’š, xx

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    1. The second bud is just starting to open now so it looks as though there'll be a continuation of colour.

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  22. Gorgeous. I’ve never had much luck with indoor flowers, but may need to give it another try...this is so pretty and it’s been such an ugly cold, gray winter...one really needs some color. Sorry I am not able to leave a proper link to my blog, as I’m on my ipad and it’s simply to hard.

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    1. I don't really grow indoor plants but I do like to have indoor bulbs in the springtime.

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  23. It's just gorgeous! Such a rich warm colour too.xxx

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    1. This was the only colour left when I bought it but I'm very happy with it.

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