Good morning! I thought I’d stop in to share an update on my Amaryllis and Paperwhites bulbs, since they were so pretty and a real bright spot of natural beauty during the darkest days of winter.
Wowza, right???? So, so pretty!
You might remember that I previously shared how to plant these bulbs for forcing, but if not, you can find that info here. I’m pleased to say that they were a success! The paperwhites bloomed nicely during the early weeks of December, and one of the amaryllis bulbs bloomed right on cue on Christmas Day! The second Amaryllis is still working on its bloom. I’m not sure why it was delayed a few weeks behind the other, but you know what? That’s ok with me, because now we’ll have beautiful blooms in January after the other one has faded!
I planted all the bulbs on November 15th. Just a few weeks later, on December 1, here is what they looked like. The paperwhites were leading the charge, most of them growing at least 4-5 inches.
One of the amaryllis had sent up a stalk about 4 inches tall.
While the other amaryllis was sitting in its pot, not doing anything. It looked exactly like it did when I planted it.
On December 19th, the paperwhites were in full bloom, with a sweet and spicy scent and bright white flowers. They were so pretty and such a wonderful way to enliven the house in the dead of winter!
It’s not lost on me that we were blessed with beautiful blooms right around the Winter Solstice, the darkest day of the year.
Not every bulb bloomed, only about 5 of the 8. So I’m glad I went ahead and planted more than I though I needed.
As a Christmas present to us, the amaryllis bloomed on Christmas Day, right on time!
The second amaryllis is a few weeks behind the other. I wondered if maybe it was rotting in its pot, but then when I checked it a few days ago, I saw that it had finally sent up a stalk.
I need to put a bamboo stake in the shorter one, like I did for the blooming one, to keep it standing up tall instead of leaning toward the light. In the meantime, I’ll just keep spinning the pot around as the stalk leans first this way, then that, following the sun.
UPDATE: I’ve been reading about what to do with my amaryllis bulbs after they’re done flowering. Did you know you can keep them from year to year??? I’m super excited now! All I have to do is cut the flower stalk off and let the leaves keep growing and collecting sunlight. Keep watering and fertilizing the bulb over the summer. It’s ok to move it outside where it gets 6+ hours of sunlight, as long as I keep it watered. At the end of the summer, cut the yellowing leaves back to the bulb, and take the bulb out of its container to dry out a little. Store the bulb in a cool place (50°F) for 6 weeks. Then it’s ready to plant and bloom again next year.
Did you force any bulbs for Christmas this year? How did they do? My success with these bulbs has inspire me to think about other bulbs I can force during the winter. Hmmm, maybe I’ll go searching online for some sources. If you know of good mail order forced bulb sources, would you let me know?
Have a happy day, friends. Thanks so much for stopping by!
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