I do sometimes wonder if gardening is an addiction. If so, I had a very abrupt withdrawal this year. One day, 55F and sunny, the next day, BAM! cold enough to snow. And every day it got colder and colder. Time for some hort therapy. And–I don’t know about you–but many indoors plants just don’t cut it. They are too static to be therapeutic; they hardly change. It’s not their fault winter is their dormant season. But I want to see something grow.So, when Longfield Gardens asked if I’d like to try some of their double amaryllis, I said yes! Once an amaryllis gets started, it doesn’t waste any time, so it’s a perfect way to beat the winter blues. It’s really not hard to pot one up yourself instead of buying one of those kits, and you can get much better quality and variety when you order online. I use a good quality potting soil and on the basis of Matt Mattus’ advice added some grit this time. (Matt has a really informative post on amaryllis. You should read it.) Amaryllis can get really top-heavy so you want a container big enough to balance out those huge blossoms. I was trying for containers that would fit on the window sill. Also, I inserted some slender bamboo sticks in the pots hoping to eventually wrap twine around them, as my friend Dee did here. (I need to scrounge up some more sticks before I get the twine tied on.) Here’s what they’ll look like eventually: I can hardly wait until they bloom!
I’m not giving away an amaryllis, but I know some folks who are. Dee, Robin, and Kylee are each giving away a ‘Red Lion’ amaryllis and some Moo Poo tea bags. Their giveaway ends November 30, 2014, and they each include plenty of tips on growing amaryllis. Julie is also giving away Moo Poo tea and some seeds, as well as an amaryllis bulb. Her giveaway also ends on November 30th. (That’s the Sunday after Thanksgiving.) If you’ve been looking for a way to keep gardening through the winter, now you know how! Beat the winter blues!
Longfield Gardens provided the three amaryllis bulbs used in this post. Thank you so much!