A week ago I talked about an amaryllis for Christmas. This is how far we’ve come in a week! The plant has not only turned green, but the flowers have opened.
But what I wanted to show is how I keep this baby from toppling over onto the floor and breaking–always heart-breaking (although sometimes the flower stalks can be salvaged as cut flowers if that happens).
Over at Red Dirt Ramblings Dee is did a lovely post–as well as a series of Twitter posts–on growing amaryllis. She basically gave a “how to” primer.
She actually stakes her amaryllis and uses gravel or decorative rocks as a top-dressing.
I, on the other hand, have tried the staking thing only to have the whole pot tumble right over–clay pot and all. So this year I am trying something different. I am trying this approach.
No, the rocks are not decorative–but with the size of them, I am reasonably sure the pot won’t topple either!
And as you see from the top photo, they’re not obvious unless I’m shooting down at them with the camera!
As for the flowers, here’s what they look like. This is hippeastrum ‘Minerva.’