Several years ago, a friend of mine gave me an amaryllis bulb with elaborate instructions as to how I should plant it. The instructions stressed that the flower bulb was not supposed to be planted totally underground but that the top of the bulb should be above ground. I followed the instructions carefully, and the plant began growing until eventually I saw a bud form which split itself four ways, and a quadrangle of large red trumpet-like blooms proliferated at the top of the long stem. After those blooms disappeared, the plant returned to being bloomless, and its stems became a frequent meal for lubbers, huge grasshoppers with a voracious appetite. About a month ago, I discovered on the amaryllis a bud emerging for the first time in years. It has since bloomed, as it did years before, and has thrilled me with its beauty. Will it be years before it blooms again? I don’t know. I wish I knew what caused it to bloom this year after such a long hibernation.


About bobosbest

I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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One Response to Amaryllis

  1. Pat says:

    I get them at Christmas. Mary Ruth gave me my first one years ago. It blooms every year. I got a companion for it this pas year. They bloomed at same time along with poinsettia from church. Kitchen was a blaze of red. Watch for them just before Christmas. After they bloom, stems die down. I just set them aside until mid-November, get them out on kitchen island, and start watering. You may be able to bring yours inside and pot it. PS Love your storage space.

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