I have been growing amaryllis since I was a teenager after being bought one for Christmas. They are often sold as Christmas gifts and at that point I had never seen a bulb so big or thought about such amazing flamboyant flowers.Thompson and Morgan contacted me last year about a blog post I had written some years ago about my amaryllis (name sadly lost, its a Spider one is as best as I can say) and asked if they could feature it in one of their masterclasses I was happy to say yes. As a thank you they sent me an amaryllis 'Dancing Queen' as a gift which duly arrived. I am under no obligation to write about the gift at all but it is so pretty I thought I would.
and then I waited
They are wonderful to watch grow as they really do gallup along nicely once the mood is upon them.
Some years I dead-head them fairly quickly, other years I pollinate the flowers with a bit of tissue and let them create seeds. I have had them grow from seed quite well but as you can imagine it takes a few years for them to actually flower.
and what about the amaryllis I was talking about way back in 2013?
I was so grateful to be given the amaryllis. Its a simple, easy plant to grow and yet so stunning. This has encouraged me to look for other ones to grow, expect some purchases soon....