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I'd heard it was possible to overwinter amaryllis so I decided to try. This is an Aphrodite amaryllis. When fully open, the blooms are ten inches in diameter.
This is what I did to get a twofer out of last year's bulb. When the flowers dried up, I cut them off. Similarly, when the flower stalk dried up, I removed it. I put the amaryllis in a sunny window for the rest of the winter. The leaves are graceful, curving structures. In the spring when the nighttime temperatures were reliably above 40 degrees F, I moved the plant outside to our sunny porch. The amaryllis went a bit feral outside. Weeds grew in the potting soil, and a spider took up residence in the leaves. I intended to give it some liquid organic fertilizer, but that didn't happen. If the leaves wilted, I removed them. In the fall when the thermometer started to drop below 40 F, I brought it inside. After a while, I cut off the few remaining leaves and moved it to the basement. I didn't water the bulb while it was in the basement. I'd read that the bulb was supposed to stay in the dark for 6-8 weeks. At 7 weeks, the bulb had grown a 10" stem with a flower bud, so 6 weeks seems right. I brought it upstairs, watered thoroughly and put the plant in a warm, sunny spot. Flowers happened.
I hike in the winter when it's too cold to ride my bike, so winter pictures tend to dominate this blog. This has been a warm winter, but we had a cold snap followed by a rare sunny day. I took enough pictures for two blog posts. As always, click on the picture to enlarge.
Please stop by later in the week for more pictures.
Nothing like bright pink blossoms to ward off the gray skies of Michigan winters. Please drop by again in a few days. I found a number of interesting ice formations by the Red Cedar River last weekend. As soon as I sort and crop the pictures, I'll put up a couple of posts. For posts on writing, check my website blog.