I did it! I was finally able to get one of my Amaryllis bulbs to bloom. Well, I shouldn’t be so dramatic about it because I’ve had the bulbs for less than 2 years, and I’ve never tried to get them to bloom before. I am very excited about this accomplishment because I’ve been working on it since November.
I didn’t put my amaryllis into hibernation until late November, so I got started a bit later than I should have. Normally it’s around Christmas time that you’ll see Amaryllis bulbs blooming, which means they need to go into hibernation in the late fall. I figured my bulb might not bloom this year since I started so late. But I was determined to try anyway.
|Amaryllis bulbs in pantry|
My amaryllis has never bloomed before because I was missing a crucial step. The crucial step I was missing was to give the bulb a rest period. So, back in November, I cut off all the foliage and left my amaryllis bulb in the cool dark pantry for close to 8 weeks….
…and I anxiously waited, and waited…
Once that time past, I brought the pot out, gave it some water then put it in an East facing window. I was very anxious and it seemed to take FOREVER to see anything happen (I checked it almost every day).
After only 4 weeks, one of the bulbs started to put on new growth, I was giddy! But after a few days, it became clear that the new growth was just foliage. For some reason, I thought that Amaryllis bloomed before the foliage grew, so I figured I wouldn’t get to see a bloom this year.
But then, a few weeks later, I noticed what appeared to be a new flower head growing out of one of the bulbs. Yippie!!! This one is labeled “Pink Stripe”. (I got it in a trade so I’m not sure if it’s labeled correctly)
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