Out of Season

Here are just a few of the amaryllis currently blooming at my house. I am sure that our visitors get quite a shock when they drive up and see this. The row of pots with these in them are the first thing you see as you pull up my driveway.

Here are more of them. Obviously these are amaryllis that I have saved from prior years and just pulled out of my basement in May.

What I will do with all of these when they finish blooming is repot them to give them fresh soil. Then I will leave them just where they are, under my dogwood, getting morning sun.

At Labor Day (first Monday in September for my non-US readers) I turn the pots on their sides so that they can begin to dry out. If, for some reason that doesn’t do it, I will bring the pots into my garage for a week or so until the soil dries. Then I carry them back down to the basement–yes, even if they still have foliage–until one of 2 things happens.

Occasionally one of the amaryllis will begin sending up a flower stalk early. In that case, I bring it up into my house and begin watering it.

But if not, I will remove dead foliage as needed and they will remain there until next May, most likely, when they will come back outside and begin flowering all over again.

2 thoughts on “Out of Season

  1. tonytomeo June 17, 2019 / 7:23 pm

    I am not convinced that they stick to a tight schedule. Some seem to bloom when they want to. It is impressive that you have so many going at the same time.

  2. gardendaze June 18, 2019 / 5:35 am

    I think that I only have so many at once because they all came up out of the basement together–but you’re right, they don’t always do this quite as nicely as this year. Perhaps it has been our cooler, damp spring. Quite often they will put on a show like this–but only 2 or 3 at a time–from late May until July. It always freaks out visitors who think that they have stepped into some kind of garden time warp.


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