I just got a couple of Amaryllis gift box sets, I found a clay pot and put it in it and got some potting soil and got it under a flourescent bulb, I was going to water it but the potting soil I put it in was in the back yard and damp but not soggy so I thought I would wait for awhile before watering. I got one the package says Minerva but as I have read that sometimes they are not the same flower that is on the package. I am not going to pot the other up until I see what this one does. And I also have some Paperwhites too.
My favorite go-to, pre-packaged mix is Miracle Gro's Moisture Control. Once you are comfortable and more knowledgeable about soils and your plants, it's better to start mixing your own according to your watering style. Best of luck with your new plants!
I don't know exactly what kind of Miracle-Gro it was because I threw away the bag, I really can't do much because I am on a 30 day lay off at my job, the temps can work for 1 year and we have to have 30 days off. And Christmastime is not the best time of the year to have it off. I did all that the directions told me except watering, like I said it was already damp, I put the bulb in and firmed it around it and made sure that it was firmly rooted in there. Now here comes the part I really hate, PATIENCE. I don't have the room or the cash to put more light on it unless I buy another flourescent bulb to put in the other lamp. Do you think I should put another light on it? I have a light that instead of being culique it is the long ones. Do you think that would be wise?
If you have a western or southern exposure, this ought to be fine. You'd be surprised by how easily these bulbs sprout. The key is not only the sunlight, but also the warmer temperatures which trigger growth. You did the right thing by not watering if your potting mix was already wet. My only concerns would be to keep the temperature high enough and also to provide sufficient light, which should be met if you have the plant situated appropriately. All Miracle Gro products have fertilizer incorporated in them so you'll be OK there. Bulbs are surprisingly resilient.
There is no way I can put any warmth on it unless the stove is on, I don't have room to put it on the top of the fridge and the pellet stove is the only heat we have, I was wondering, would it be a good idea to wrap the top of the clay pot with saran wrap to concentrate the light on the bulb? I can't put it in the windowsill because it gets too cold. I can't think of any thing else to get warmth to it, that is the problem I have with growing winter flowers inside, not enough heat. Would it be better if I lower the light closer to the bulb?
I would not recommend placing plastic wrap. It would only encourage rot. If you don't mind waiting, then it's OK to just let nature take its course and the amaryllis will bloom when all conditions are right. The bulbs will send out new growth when they are ready. We had one in the store that grew out through its box (at a crazy angle) while none of the others have done so. I have since potted it and set it near a door where there is bright light but no full sun, and definitely no warmth. The goal is to get it more upright and from there... I have better control in my own home, but have chosen not to start the growth cycles of my amarillis' just yet since we haven't even entered winter! Choose a time 8 weeks from when you'd like to see the plant flower and then subject it to more light and heat. This is what will trigger growth.
This is one of the paperwhite bulbs that the friend gave me, does this set up look ok? It does not have any roots and i was just wondering how long it would take to grow some, I did not have any stones or rocks to put in the bottom, but it is in there snug and tight. I was thinking it might be a good idea to use the alcohol trick so they don't fall over, providing they grow that big and tall. The water is just touching the basal plate so hopefully in a few days I will see some roots.
Ive done that bulb-in-a-vase thing before and it worked quite well. I had a specially designed vase called a bulb vase but yours looks like it will work fine. The water does not have to be touching the bottom of the bulb for it to work. It will reach for the water.
I was just concerned that if it touches, capillary action may make the water come up the sides and soak the bulb causing rot. Just watch for that. It will only be a couple days before the roots reach out and you wont have to worry about that. charcoal pieces in the water help to keep it from getting nasty if you have some around.
I can't get on those pages, you have to pay for those and money is tight. My Amaryllis is getting greener, and the sprout on the Paperwhite is getting greener too, and there is a very small root starting on the Paperwhite already. Patience is SO HARD to do for me. But all of the Amaryllis is getting greener. I put the other Amaryllis bulb and the other Paperwhites in the bedroom, it is cool in there and I think they will be alright, like I said the fridge has apples in it.
Does this small crack in the top of my Amaryllis bud mean what I think it does? The leaves on the other side has gotten taller too. It has what looks like cracks in the top part of the bud, does that mean its going to get taller soon? I don't have much patience, but I have gotten results.
I decided to get the other Amaryllis out and rehydrate the roots and plant them, how long should I keep the roots in the water? That is why I have it in the green vase, it can get water without gettting the root wet. This is the Red Lion although right now it looks like the white lion,lol! This is the set up for the moment, does it look alright to you?
Ok thanks jasmnesmom, I was just worried, I have gotten them to get growing I don't want to do anything to mess them up, I put them in the windowsill during the day and putting it on the desk at night. My Paperwhites are really doing well.
The first is of course the Paperwhites, as you can see they are doing quite well under the fluorescent light, and the second is the second Amaryllis that I planted, it has been in the window for the past couple of days and I think it likes it there. The other Amaryllis has been there too, but it does not seem to have done anything. On the second one it is showing more greenery, I think it might be blooming at Christmastime, it is the Red Lion.
The first one is the Paperwhites, they have now started blooming, not crazy about the scent but my hubby likes it, the second is the Amaryllis, it has not gotten a slit in the bud, does that mean what I think it does? My friend next door gave me a Poinsetta for a present going to see how long I can keep it alive and growing. If you get close to the amaryllis bud you can see some red and the veins in the bud itself are pretty, will the bud turn red before it opens or will it just split open all of a sudden? The paperwhites opened slowly but they are still blooming, they look good next to the poinsetta.
These are my Red Lion Amaryllis, they are getting really close, one question, does the main bud change color before it opens? They are starting to lean over so I am going to have to find something to prop it up with.
I have been taking the Amaryllis out of the window and putting it on my computer desk, and putting it back in the next day, I don't want to freeze the plant and it is supposed to be really cold tonight. There is a storm window and the plant does not touch the cold glass, do you think it will be ok to leave it in there?
This is what I found when I woke up this morning, what a beautiful way to greet the new year! I am definitly going to try my best to have these blooming again next year. Are these going to open up any more?
I found this when I woke up, now I am kinda bummed out, I thought I could save this one to bloom at Christmas. Is there anything I can do for it? I don't want to have to throw it away. Do I just leave it be?
This is the one that I got on Black Friday in 2013, I can not find out what the name is, it is beautiful but it would have been nice if it had been Apple Blossom like it was supposed to be. I got another one from a friend for Christmas and it also says Apple Blossom lets wait and see what color this one actually is. If there is anyone who can tell me what this one's name is I would be grateful. The second picture is a close up of the bloom, maybe that would help identify it.
The Amaryllis has finished blooming and I cut the stems down, the leaves were growing quite tall and now they have started drooping and turning brown and dying. Is that normal? I was wondering if I should just cut them and the neck off and repot them, do you think that would lhelp? They have enough water I just checked and watered them last night, bottom watered not top. Help!
I just made a homemade contraption to help the amaryllis leaves stay as upright as possible, I took a dowel rod that I cut in half when the stems were growing and a wire coat hanger that my hubby cut in half and put them on opposite sides of the bulb and then tied a very soft tie around that and put two pieces of tape on the dowel rods (not touching the leaves) to keep it from slipping, I put the plant in the window and it layed down, it seems to like the flourescent lamp better, so this is what I came up with, tell me how you like my idea?
I would leave them on, as the plant might be drawing nutrients out and may even regrow the leaves. One of mine has done that before, but it has yet to bloom. I bought it as a bloomable bulb, but it grew thin tiny leaves, and no stalk. 3 years later it is a bulb smaller than a garlic bulb, which concerns me.
I have had mine in the picture window since it started getting warmer and the one that has only the one leaf is growing another one! The other one is still alive, the leaves are not dying like they were before but they are not growing any more yet. I was doing what my hubby said, I was obsessing over them. So I look at them every once in awhile and water them when they need it, otherwise I leave them alone.
Here it is, another year has gone by and two more Amaryllis bulb kits from my hubby. One is supposed to be Apple Blossom, and the other is Star of Holland, I did something a little different, I mixed some potting soil with the coir disk, so will see how it works out, I promise I won't drive you crazy with the 'scape watch'. f forgot to tell you, I got FULL TIME!
Mine are just dying down finally, which means I will expect blooms around Valentines day, which honestly I prefer this time. Maybe this year they will rebloom. All of them sit outside for spring and summer and still never bloom. Fertilizer is occasional
Something different is happening to my apple blossom amaryllis, it is growing a couple of leaves outside rather than on the neck, there are also two leaves(I think) growing from the top. Here is the picture.
This is the star of holland amaryllis that my hubby got me, it is not doing anything, the neck looks like it is sealed and I don't see how a leaf can get through. Would it hurt the plant if I tried to open it up a little more? I don't mean major surgery(tee hee), but just to give the leaves a little more room.
No surgery. When the bulb is ready to grow leaves they will be able to grow.
I doubt the baby will flower the first year. Give it time to grow in bulk, to save up some reserves of energy before expecting flowers.
As suggested above, leave it attached to the mother plant for a year or more before trying to detach it.
I have fantastic news about the Star of Holland, it is growing two scapes at the same time!!!! I can see it without the flashlight now, and the baby apple blossom is growing about 3 or 4 leaves and a scape too at the same time. It is interesting to see it growing. I am glad you talked me out of surgery, it would have killed it and I would have been so sad. I have taken the clipping off the wall and have nothing on it maybe the white paint will reflect the light back on the plants and make them grow better. Picture 1. Star of Holland scapes,2. Apple Blossom scape,3.Apple Blossom leaves. The parent apple blossom is growing the scape, not the baby, but it is growing about 2 or 3 leaves at the same time!!!
I put my amaryllis to sleep for the next month and a half. I aim for a late flush before summer hits if possible. Kept the plants outside all summer with periodic fertilizing. The bulbs didn't look too big after bringing them in but I am keeping my head high. But on another note, my Christmas cactus decided to surprise me this year with a large flush of flowers. I didn't even change my care for them! Both are in full flower now, one is red with a white center, the other is white with a pink center. Will aim for pics doon. Glad to see you are having good luck with your bulbs!
The amaryllis that is called Star of Holland is trying to drive me crazy! It is not very tall, and one of the scapes is open a little, don't know if it is going to bloom soon or not, it is still growing tall, and every day it opens a little more. No complaints though, if it is a short stem I don't have to worry about staking it so it won't fall over. I will post pics when they bloom.
I picked up two bulbs today. Both are Red and White. I planted them and don't expect blooms to open for another month or so, but blooms at no particular time are better than none at all! I love the color on these. Both bulbs are dual-spiked and fat.
I just found out something I had not noticed before, my amaryllis blossoms sparkle! I put a flashlight up to them and they do, they sparkle! I do not think I have ever had any that do that. Oh well, every day it is something new with these flowers.
I had a amaryllis that had started to grow in the box, it was white and bent way over, I potted it up and this is what it looks like now, it is opening up. You can't see any color yet, but it will be exciting to watch unfold. So will postmore pics when it opens up enough to see color, I guess you can say that I am hooked on hippis!
Can you tell me, do amaryllis have to go dormant? I would like to see if mine will rebloom this spring and/or summer. I have read that if you keep it in the bright light it will grow new scapes and leaves, a friend of mine his wife had one and she kept it indoors and it bloomed again. It had bloomed for Christmas and then she just left it where it was, watered it and it bloomed again. Is there a link someone can give me that will explain it to me? I would love to have these plants indoors all year round!
The first amaryllis that bloomed around new years has 4 looooong leaves and it is the one that has the baby amaryllis with it, I just looked between the leaves and it has another one coming up! I could not believe my eyes, I never had one that did that before. There is another stem on the last one and it is really getting tall, and the one that my neighbor gave me, the leaves are growing great but the stem is not doing much of anything. These flowers never cease to amaze me, could the one that is growing in the middle be another scape or another leaf? the top looks rounded like a scape, so will have to wait and see.
If it is coming from the center, it is likely to be a leaf. Scapes form on the outside sections of the neck and fatten up quickly. I bought a pair of bulbs recently, each with two scapes. They have started growing so I am excited to see the flowers!
You are right Bloomfly, it is a leaf, which is exciting for me, usually at this time I put it into dormancy and wait until new growth. But since it is growing a new leaf I will just leave it where it is, I guess it is happy there.
I have a new experiment going on, I got a mini-greenhouse starter kit for cactus, I only planted 2 seds in each small pot, I don't know what kind of cactus it is and so I did not plant all the seeds that way if these do not germinate, I will have some left in reserve for another try. I have the greenhouse fairly close to the flourescent lamp and are keeping it covered with the lid they provide. I also keep it moist, so here's hoping.
I am trying yet ANOTHER experiment, I took one of the amaryllis plants that have straight leaves and put it into the picture window, there is a lot of sun coming in there. I felt the window and it did not feel cold to me, so will leave it there and see what happens.
It is April 18th, is it alright to put the Amaryllis out now? There are going to be a few days where the temps are going to be in the upper 50's and the nights in the 40's. I don't want to kill them but it would be nice to see them bloom whenever they want.
Maybe start with setting them out for a few hours to adjust to the conditions. I did the same and am about to bring one inside as it set a spike! It also has 2 babies in the pot with it, one will be pulled this fall and the other next year. Excited to see the flowers, as it is the first bulb I have owned that has rebloomed for me. Another is setting seed this year since I pollinated it.
I put all 4 Amaryllis pots outside and they are all growing! I don't think any of them are setting spikes, but this one looks like it might be, maybe you all can check it out for yourselves and tell me. If it is should I bring it in or just leave it out there? Here are the other plant.
At this time of year they should be growing leaves and storing up energy for blooming.
If yours has been treated to think it is a different time of year with chilling or day length manipulation then it could be flowering. But those look like flat leaves. Flowering stems are rounded.