Amaryllis Blooms: A Family Affair

Ok, so just an FYI for those of you new to this blog: I LOVE BLOOMS! Blooms of all kinds. Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter, I love the blooms that come during all seasons. What? You didn’t think anything blooms during Winter. Well I suppose in the cooler climates it does not, at least not outside. But inside We still have the redeemable cadre of houseplants to buoy our green thumbs and bloom-loving hearts.

The particular plant I want to share today is called an Amaryllis. I won’t go into the scientific and biological names because quite simply I do not know them and find that information kind of boring. Sorry Uncle Charles (former biology teacher for many years). What I feel you should know is this plant came from my Aunt Faye (wife of aforementioned Uncle Charles) and is thriving under our care.

EDIT : A picture of the Amaryllis when I first got it in October of 2013.

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Then, like hitting the lottery a second bloom stalk emerges.

Then, like hitting the lottery a second bloom stalk emerges.

The initial cause for celebration, a new bloom stalk.

The initial cause for celebration, a new bloom stalk.

The plant has bloomed once since I have had it and continues to grow larger. I am excited to report and show in the accompanying pictures that it is nearing another bloom cycle. Even more exciting is that there will be two bloom sets this time. The Amaryllis provides four blooms per cycle, so I will have a total of eight this round.

During the gloom of Winter such a sight is welcome to me. Going from several full greenhouses in 2007 to the meager (in comparison) stable we sport now I am always interested in any blooms. We are between blooms in all but one of our cadre of orchids, so the Amaryllis will get center stage.

spring Jan 16 Check back over the next few posts to see the Amaryllis in various stages of bloom.

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