I'm changing what I do with amaryllis this year. Normally, I buy one or a couple or three amaryllis bulbs-in-a-box but don't really get them started until after Christmas. Then I am enjoying the blooms in late January. Not sure why I waited like that to get the bulbs started, I just did.
This year, starting yesterday, I think I'll buy an amaryllis a week at the grocery store and pot it up right away so I'll have continous bloom in about four weeks, all the way through the holidays and beyond. For the most part the amaryllis-bulbs-in-a-box are $5 and you can spend that on a bag of chips anymore, or so it seems.
I'll admit, in spite of the fact that you can keep amaryllis going from year to year and get rebloom, I don't tend to bother doing that. One of my problems this year was that dog-gone mealybug infestation in my sun room. They were very attracted to the amaryllis, so I tossed the amaryllis out earlier this summer once they were obviously infested. Until that happened, I really was going to try to get mine to rebloom this year, I swear.
And how was it I came to buy an amaryllis yesterday? I was led by my shopping cart straight to the display and one jumped in my cart! I know that happens to others, too. You end up with something in your cart, maybe a plant, maybe chocolates, maybe a new gardening tool, and you can't really explain it. There are just forces at work that can't be explained, right?
The particular amaryllis that jumped into my cart yesterday was "Minerva" a red with a white center. Next week I hope a red one jumps into my cart, then the following week a pretty pink one or a white one, and maybe if I am lucky a double one will hop in.
I do know that the ones I am buying for $5 will generally have one flower stem, not the 2 - 3 that one gets with a larger bulb. That's okay by me. I know what I'm getting and it is enough for me. I am not a big amaryllis aficionado, I just like to have a few blooms around the holidays, during the winter, when nothing outside is blooming.
Anyone else starting some amaryllis bulbs now?