In more than 20 years of growing houseplants, I have resisted the urge to grow Amaryllis. I’m not sure why really. It’s so rare to have a plant that blooms at Christmas time and Amaryllis flowers are showy and beautiful. I think maybe I’ve resisted because I feel a sort of pressure to make Christmas time an “experience” for my family, if you know what I mean. That takes up the majority of my thoughts, time and efforts in the last months of each year and I usually put myself and my own needs last. For some reason though, this year when I saw beautiful Amaryllis bulbs being sold in kits, I decided to treat myself. It was sooooo worth it!
They are about as low maintenance as any plant I’ve grown indoors which is fantastic. My plant bloomed two different times, once before Christmas and once after, but it didn’t bother me at all. The blooms were huge and beautiful and cheered me up every time I entered the room.
Then, my step-mom gave me another Amaryllis on Christmas day. She wanted me to grow it out and give it to my Bubba (Babicka means “Grandma” in Czech) when it was in bloom. So I grew it out and a few weeks later, it had two huge bloom spikes ready to open up. I took it over to my Bubba’s house, but she asked me to keep it since she felt like she would kill it. Long story short (too late…) I ended up enjoying two different Amaryllis plants this winter and I’m hooked.
Now I’m looking to add a few new Amaryllis to my collection. Any suggestions? What are your favorite Amaryllis varieties? Feel free to comment on this post if you have plant suggestions for me.
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2 thoughts on “I Accidentally Fell in Love With Amaryllis”
Yep, you’re hooked.😀 I like them, also. Have tried planting them out in spring, bringing them in for 6 weeks in a dark closed, get tired of the process, and sure enough, someone gives me another one. BUT – if anyone can do it, YOU CAN. sue
Thanks, Sue! We’ll see how they do…