I Want to Bring Attention to the Magical Amaryllis!
Updated: Feb 26, 2022
I discovered this fantastic flower a few years ago.
Apple Blossom Amaryllis Belladonna (media by JC)
My first introduction to this beautiful flower was during a typical visit to the nearest supermarket. They had a lovely display of these bright red waxy bulbs that promised to yield beautiful blooms. I quickly purchased one for my wife and mother. The significant sell feature was the following:
These self-sustaining bulbs needed no water
No direct sunlight
Anything they required was packaged within the red waxy bulb.
They would yield multiple, beautiful flowers
Self Contained Waxy Bulb (media by JC)
Even a fool like me could grow this flower, and grow they did. For this reason, I continued to look for these beauties over the last couple of years. This year was different. My wife kicked it up a notch and bought me a pre-started bulb in a box.
The box came with a bulb, growing medium, and a small pot. The enclosed directions stated the following: Take the bulb and plant it into the growing medium within the pot. Ensure to expose 1/3 of the bulb and keep the medium (soil) moist but not saturated for optimal growth.
In just a few weeks, this is what it yielded and is continuing to deliver. Say hello to the Apple Blossom Amaryllis, an actual dummy-proof flower.
Apple Blossom Amaryllis (media by JC)
My goal is to kick it up a notch and see if I can get this bulb to continue to bloom over the next year, understanding it needs a dormant phase. I may be getting overconfident. I want to give a special shout-out to these two works I came across in a search after writing this. They are a bit more eloquent than mine.