I just realised I haven’t shown you my red amaryllis “Merry Christmas” here. Yes, that is its name. I got four of the red amaryllis (and one white that is documented elsewere).
It started its life on November the 3rd when I woke up its roots over a glass of water for 48 hours.
I planted them into a large, round pot that originally came with a tomato-plant. I’ve had this kind of red amaryllis before, last year actually. Then also planted in this pot.
It started to grow pretty fast.
Below are more pictures of its growth and development. The flowers became 20 cm in size in diameter. Heights 60 cms. At first two of the bulbs had 2 stems, the other two one. Now a second stem comes in one of those with one stem. Each stem has had 4 flowers. The flowers are now beginning to die and their most beautiful period is over. I am now only watching it dying… The lifespan is around two months from when you awake the roots of the bulb.
I haven’t decided yet if I should try to keep them for next year. If I do, I have to keep it somewhere light, give it water, and let the leaves grow out. Then take it outdoor over summer, cut it back in September and put it somewhere dark without water… Then start over again by end of October/beginning November… I will probably NOT do all this. Too much work.
I love this amaryllis for its very red color and its beautiful large flowers. I will probably have the same kind next year as well.
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