Already it is the week of Thanksgiving which means it is time for turkey, dressing, cranberry salad and...
Thanksgiving week is when I traditionally pot up Amaryllis and Narcissus (paperwhites) bulbs for holiday blooming.
I'll admit that for the most part, I've treated these indoor bulbs as "disposable". I usually bought cheap bulbs at the store, planted them up, watched them bloom and then half-heartedly watered them until mid-summer when I finally tossed them out.
Now, before everyone gets all "What, you toss out perfectly good growing plants" on me, please remember that for several years, yes, years, I have been battling an awful, horrible mealybug infestation in my house. By spring, the amaryllis in particular always ended up with mealybugs stuck down in between the leaves, and it was nearly impossible to get rid of them without tossing out the plant. (It’s still a little bit embarrassing to write about it.)
But this year is going to be different! I believe I've finally gotten rid of the mealybugs. I think I’ll actually be able to keep the Amaryllis bulbs for more than one year.
That made it easy to succumb to the "gentle pressure" applied by Elizabeth of Gardening While Intoxicated to get some better bulbs for my indoor garden. She had been posting about bulbs and plurking about bulbs with messages like "Brent & Becky's Bulbs still have Narcissus - Grand Soleil d'Or, Carol”.
(Okay, she might not have posted/plurked my actual name, but I always felt as though she was talking directly to me. Sometimes on Plurk, she actually was.)
So I finally checked, and by golly, they did still have those Narcissus. And while looking around on their site, I found a couple of Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) I thought were pretty, '(Blossom Peacock' and 'Green Goddess’), and some Oxalis regnellii var. triangularis that looked nice, so I ordered them, too.
Click, click, click, it is so easy to order online!
Less than a week later, I had my bulbs. Thanks, Elizabeth!
Then I realized I really need THREE Amaryllis bulbs because I have three matching pots for Amaryllis and besides, everyone knows you should buy plants in odd numbers. So for that third Amaryllis, I thought I'd be real smart and frugal and just get another bulb at the big box store.
Can you guess which one of the bulbs above is from the big box store?
Correct, it is the one on the right. It's smaller, scarred, smaller. In a word, “disappointing”, at least compared to the other two bulbs. But I’ve got it, so I’ll plant it, and we’ll see how it grows and blooms compared to the other two… and find out if bigger is really better in the bulb world.
Is anyone else potting up Amaryllis or Narcissus this week?