Archive for January 2014

Amaryllis Buds

I started Hippeastrum from seed I collected from a stalk in March 2010. A year later, when I moved to Saudi Arabia, some of the seedlings went to live with Mr. Subjunctive. When I moved back to DC and had the seedlings I brought back with me confiscated by the USDA in fall 2011, Mr. S kindly sent two of the seedlings back to me.

From fall 2011 to spring 2013, they lived next to the window in the basement, getting watered occasionally and getting very little light but never going dormant. I potted them up and put them outside this past summer, and this December, I started withholding water from them to force them to go dormant. And they're finally rewarding me with buds!

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