My dilemma is the 2 amaryllis that are past bloom still on a bed of stones with water. The fact that they developed a stalk and flowered beautifully amazed me as I didn't see one root develop until after they had almost finished blooming. Lifting them today I see root development on each and want to keep them for next year which I never do because the bulb is normally decreased in size and nutrients exhausted from forming the current flower stalks. The bulbs are still firm and about the same size this year for some reason and the foliage has started to develop. Of course I don't want to throw them out as their a variety I've never had. Each bulb had 4 ruffled like blooms on opening. No gnats have been seen on or near them nor when I inspected them today. I wanted to pull of the outer covering that has browned but don't want this to affect the bulbs.
Having read that keeping amaryllis bulbs from year to year is not recommended except for experts since they're susceptible to a virus I leary. Any way, I think I'll try this year. I'm going to plant them in potting soil. First I have to wash out to small pots as they like to be in tight container with not a lot of roof left between the bulb and pot. Then I'll have to find a spot for them. Wish me luck. I'm also going to read about care for them after bloom on some university extension or googling an association for hippeastrum care. I printed some information out on them in the past but locating it when I need it may be a challenge. I'll let you know what I find. You may already know. I know some basic information about the new foliage, allowing it to grow, and fertilizing it will give the bulb strength and help the new stalk for next year. But I want to give them the best start possible.
|Tulips. They should be in a dark place but they're on my mantel growing roots.|
|I think this is another flower stalk. I don't know how it has the energy left with how the bulb looks.|