Garden Fairies Discuss Waxed Amaryllis Bulbs

Garden fairies here.

We are garden fairies and we would like to take a minute to discuss waxed amaryllis bulbs.

We had heard of these waxed bulbs long before Carol brought three of them into the house. We are garden fairies. We keep up on the latest trends.

Overall, we are overall pleased that Carol bought some of these to try out and that she didn't pay a fortune for them because we are overall frugal garden fairies and some of the prices we saw made our heads spin and caused us to grab our wallets and make sure they were closed tight shut.

But anyway, for a good price Carol got three of these waxed bulbs and we must say that overall we are pleased with them.  However, we do want to say a few things about them because people don't quite "get" them if you know what we mean.

First and foremost, these waxed amaryllis bulbs are "bloom and toss" bulbs.

That's right. Once they have finished blooming, they should be tossed out and not onto the compost pile because, well, wax doesn't seem like something to compost. We suppose if you wanted to take the time you could cut off the spent bloom stalks and flowers and toss those in the compost pile and then throw out the waxed bulb part.

Yes, we are garden fairies, and we think that is probably a good eco-log-i-cal-ly sound thing to do.

And do the same with poinsettias. Toss them onto the compost pile once they start making a mess by dropping all their leaves and recycle the plastic pot they are surely growing in.

But back to waxed amaryllis bulbs.

We are garden fairies and at first, we were going to say that these waxed bulbs are for the laziest of the lazy gardeners because you literally do nothing to get them to bloom.  But then Carol got some and we decided to withhold on the name-calling until we saw them for ourselves.

Well, now that we've seen them, we kind of like them and are hoping that Carol gets some more next year, as long as she doesn't pay a small fortune for them.

We are garden fairies. We need her to spend a small fortune on seeds and violas and pansies. In fact, we think it is beholden unto us to make up a gardening budget for Carol for the coming year so that she spends her money wisely, which means she will spend her money on that which is pleasing to us.

We are garden fairies!

Submitted by:
Violet Greenpea Maydreams, Chief Scribe and Head Bean Counter here at May Dreams Gardens

Comments

  1. I think of gardening as a life-affirming process. Waxed bulbs are one bloom and then DEATH! Makes no sense to me. Of course, some of my plants do die, but I don't deliberately kill them.
    I am sorry to disagree, but I feel I must express my feelings about this.

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  2. Well, I like them and have every intention of removing the wax and seeing if they survive this year. They did last year and were happily growing in a container outside. My bad, I forgot to bring them in when we had a deep freeze. gail

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  3. I have taken the wax off the bulb after the bloom and the bulb survived just fine. The thing for me is that I have no patience with a bulb I have to dig up and bring inside for the winter. ha... I like the waxed amaryllis.

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  4. Sigh, it just seems like a 'crime against nature' to wax a bulb. That said, at some point, I will try a waxed amaryllis bulb and suspend judgement (which will just be personal). I say, if you love them, use them. After all, any plant in the house counts towards gardening in my book.

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  5. You are garden fairies and you are difficult to please ... so your approval of waxed amaryllis bulbs should surely inspire gardeners other thanCarol to try them!

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  6. I have many rescued waxed hippeastrums. Take the wax off, if there is anything left of the basal plate and even only a few roots, they mostly survive if potted up to the shoulders and for me in the UK put outside for the summer.

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  7. This is all new to me. Trying to get enough knowledge to learn the best way to compost.

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  8. Well, I liked the IDEA of these, but the garden fairies at my house nearly gasped when they saw the price, so none came home with me. Phooey.

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