My Amaryllis have been flowering for the last couple of months already! The first to start into growth were the ones on our bedroom windowsill. They have had no water or heat in the last 4 months before they started to show their buds in the neck of the bulbs. As always I start to give them a little water as soon as I see a bud poking its tip out of the bulb. But they stay where they are until the first flowers are about to open, (about 6 weeks), when I move them into our living room & set them on the table. They then stay there until the last flower is dying. This year though they are staying on the table far longer than most years, this is because almost every bulb I’ve brought into the living room has had 2 scapes! While it’s not unusual for Amaryllis to have two scapes what is unusual, at least in my case, is that practically EVERY bulb has 2 this year!
I don’t know why this is so but I think it must have something to do with last summer’s conditions. We had an exceptionally long, hot summer in 2018 &, while my plants are not in direct sunshine for long, it would seem to be the only explanation for this comportment!
Here is a picture taken one month later.
There are now 5 plants on the living room table but already some of the previous plants have finished flowering for this year, even their 2nd scape, & have gone into the kitchen window till I can safely put them outside on the balcony, from about the middle of May onwards, when we are no longer in danger of having a very late frost.
Just yesterday I gave 10 more pots of bulbs their first water in 5/6 months. I still have another 10-15 pots of that are still dry & show no signs of life. These I will give some water to break their dormancy period as well but not till the end of the month or the beginning of May. These will then be the very last to flower for this year. As it takes around 6-8 weeks for them to flower it will be the end of June before they start to flower & they won’t have finished flowering until the end of July. One of the advantages of having so many bulbs! I can stagger the flowering period over several months & thus have flowers for about 6 months of the year!
The photo is of the majority of the bulbs, still in last year’s pots, hibernating on top of the wardrobe in the 2nd bedroom.
Mine grow outdoors, but are buried beneath long grass!
I’m always amazed when a magnificent blossom will suddenly appear pushing its way through all the grass.
I have finished repotting all those that were still hibernating & put them in the mini-greenhouse on the balcony as I’ve no place for them inside the flat till they flower. As they will flower over several weeks that won’t be so much of a problem as by the time they are finished we will be in summer & they can go straight back out onto the balcony till about November.
Today, (May 7), I brought in a new Red from the bedroom & put it on the living room table. This is now the 9th plant to come into flower this year. I still have a couple of plants with scapes shooting up & maybe one will open its flowers before this one dies.
One of the curious things I’ve noticed this year is how that many more bulbs this year have produced 2 scapes instead of the more normal one. I can only imagine it’s down to the very hot summer, by UK standards, we had during 2018. Even though the plants only got direct sunshine for a couple of hours a day it obviously made a big impact on the bulbs because the treatment they got was identical to other years & they will receive the same treatment this year as well. At the end of May they will go out onto the shelving on the balcony & stay there till November when I will have to bring them back inside for the winter.
In the picture the 9th Red of 2019 is on the far left, alongside some other flowers that managed to get into it!
Interesting that your bulbs formed 2 scapes this year. Maybe it was the additional heat, as I think my bulbs usually form multiple scapes and they definitely get heat here in the tropics. It will be interesting to see what happens for you next year.
My first Amaryllis of 2019 have now all finished flowering but I still have a lot of pots with bulbs that should begin flowering about the end of June or beginning of July. All my pots of Amaryllis are now outside on the balcony.
Those plants that have finished flowering are, in their majority, crammed into the shelving on the balcony with a few I couldn’t get in on the balcony floor. The bulbs that haven’t flowered yet are in the mini-greenhouse awaiting transfer to the living room once the buds are about to open.