Look at what bloomed overnight!!!
You can see what it looked like 6 days ago, sitting on my parlor plant stand. What a difference a week made for this Sleeping Beauty!
In Zone 9, Amaryllis can be planted outside and stay inground year round, with a typical bloom cycle of March-June, depending on variety. My very first Florida Amaryllis was received in January 2010 as a housewarming gift; it bloomed in mid April as seen here. One of my favorites is this pink variety, purchased at Vero Beach Garden Fest in 2010. This picture was taken during its 2nd bloom cycle at the Ranchero, March 4, 2011.
Here’s the original “housewarming” amaryllis (planted) and blooming in March, 2011.
In a previous post, I mentoned digging up the bulbs to force dormancy so I’d have flowers at a time of my choosing. For further information on the process, check out an excellent pdf file from a professor of horticulture at North Dakota State University Agricultural Service. As you can see, this potter had a field day!
ps. Take a peek at my October Blooms Gallery! I’ll be back with a post about Monster Cosmos tomorrow!