I bought an Amaryllis bulb kit before Christmas and planted it in the provided pot of coir dirt.
It was placed in front of the dining room window where I knew it would get lots of afternoon sunlight.
For the first 3 weeks it didn't do a thing. It just 'sat' there.
I thought I had bought a dud.
All of a sudden it started to grow up taller and taller until almost 2 feet high. The bud was forming and getting fuller.
You can just see it to the right in this photo taken on Sunday.
These plants are so amazing to watch. Once they start growing you can almost see them opening up. Almost.
Then the miracle happens....
Can you see the sparkle on the petals?
The bud head starts to separate and you can see the colour showing through. This bud opened on New Year's Day.
This is as good as my macro setting on my camera will do.
This is the first of 4 blooms.
There are 3 more buds.
I took this one this morning.
The miracle of something so beautiful, blooming in the dead of winter when everything in nature here is 'sleeping', makes my heart happy.
Do you grow Amaryllis at Christmas time?
I also had some paper white bulbs planted but they didn't do well for some reason. They grew tall and formed buds but only one of the four opened up. I think I may have watered them too much.
However, I am being rewarded by this beautiful amaryllis now.
Every few hours I can see new growth.
I'm watching and waiting.
I'll post a photo when all four are opened.
Have a beautiful day!