I have nothing blooming for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Oops. I take that back. My African violet is blooming.It puts out flushes of bloom, despite the fact that I don’t water it very consistently. I just happened to luck out this month.
No Bloom From Thanksgiving or Christmas Cacti
At least one of my three Schlumbergera should be blooming right now, but none of them are. Unlike last year, I didn’t put them out in the garage, and so they didn’t get the cold conditions that induce buds. When I put them out there last year, I just set them on the chest freezer, and every time someone needed something from the freezer, they were moved. Quite often, they were not moved back, but left on the floor. I’ll be the first to concede that the Thanksgiving cactus has very brittle branches, but they all suffered some damage from the constant shuffling.
I actually bought some brackets to screw in the wall so they would hang in front of the garage windows above the freezer, but it was one of those deals where I bought the brackets but forgot screws, and of course nobody could find the right kind of screws (only the too short or too long ones) and now I don’t even know where the brackets are.
One Dead RosemaryThis rosemary was growing in a container too big to bring in the house, so I transplanted it into a smaller pot to bring in for the winter. The potting soil was dry as dust, so after potting it up I let it soak in a pan of water, to water it from the bottom up. When the top was moist I took it out of the water, placed a saucer under it, and put it in the front of the big dining room window with the other wintering-over houseplants. A couple of weeks later I found it dead. I am not sure whether it rotted from the soaking or it just didn’t like the whole idea of being transplanted and brought indoors for the winter. I do have a smaller rosemary in a smaller pot that is doing as well as can be expected.
One Confused AmaryllisI wanted to get my one amaryllis to rebloom if not by Christmas, then at least while it was still winter. In October it was full of vigorous healthy leaves but I decided it was time to induce dormancy. That meant witholding water. It felt like committing my plant to a slow and lingering death. Two weeks ago, when it was down to one leaf on the main plant and one leaf on the offset, it was clear it wasn’t going to bloom by Christmas and I couldn’t stand watching it slowly wither anymore, so I started watering it again.
The other day I stumbled across a great article on getting amaryllis to rebloom in a back issue of Fine Gardening. This article says they should get two to three months of dormancy before watering again. If you don’t start counting until all the leaves are gone, I didn’t even get them into dormancy. And now I’m watering again so that poor amaryllis probably doesn’t know which way is up. I think I will keep watering because it doesn’t feel like murder to me, even though at this point I’m not sure what the plant would really like.
I’ve never been able to get an amaryllis to rebloom by Christmas, and I recently learned why from Matt Mattus. March or April is when I achieve rebloom and by then the crocuses and other small bulbs are blooming and my thoughts are turning towards the outdoors. So why do I bother?
It’s Not Them, It’s Me
I don’t want to kill or throw out any of my houseplants, but I really don’t feel like taking care of them. There, I’ve said it. I want pretty flowers and lush foliage without the work. I worked hard in the garden from April to October and now I just want to take care of me.
Has this ever happened to you? What is the cure–besides spring?
Inspired by the words of Elizabeth Lawrence, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year,” Carol of May Dreams Gardens started Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. On the 15th of every month, garden bloggers from all over the world publish what is currently blooming in their gardens, and leave a link in Mr. Linky and the comments of May Dreams Gardens.