Last week while on a regular shopping run, I spied quite a few amaryllis bulbs wasting away on the discount shelves at the back of the plant section. They had been marked down to $1.50 each, and then left to their own devices. Several were making meager attempts at pushing through the box so they could bloom. Readers of this blog know that I am a sucker for discount plants in all forms, so I'm sure it's no surprise what happened next.
If you want to know a wee bit more about Amaryllis, here is an older post I wrote four years ago.
|I found these old rose pots I thought I had lost in a cabinet in the garage. Tall and a bit slender, they are perfect for amaryllis. See the flower bud beginning to peak out of the bulb?|
|This one is quite robust. Poor thing would have been in a dumpster soon enough!|
|Four potted up and ready to grow. I forgot I had bought a red and white striped one weeks ago and was, myself, letting it languish on a shelf. I'm such a jerk.|
|These two 'Red Lion' amaryllis plants have been going strong and are continuing to grow. More blooms already on the way!|
|Then, of course, I went back. How could I resist? Three more pink amaryllis in new pots, so these cost me about $4 each with the pot.|
|Now I just need to top them all off with some gravel, sit back, and wait for them to bloom!|