Flowers Coming Soon: Amaryllis Hippeastrum

My red and white amaryllis plant (Minerva) is on the verge of flowering! It’s very exciting to watch!IMG_2929 It was just weeks ago that I was gifted this plant, when it was but a mere bulb. Memories!

Now, the stalk measures approximately 19-1/2 inches. Very rapid growth. The other amaryllis plant (Red Lion)  is showing mostly leaves at this point but will follow the path set by Minerva. Can’t wait!

The plants had been sitting atop a space on my bathroom vanity – not the most ideal place but suitable at the time. Other parts of my home are somewhat dark during most of the day, and the bathroom is the best place to get some sunlight. However, the plant was still desiring more sun than it was getting, as evidenced by the stalk leaning towards the sunlight by the end of the day.

To prevent a permanent distortion of the stalk, at the end of each day, I would turn the container so that by the end of the next day, the stalk would more or less straighten out. I did this for a few weeks.

TIP: Now, I have put my 3-step step-ladder in my bathtub and placed both plants on the non-steppable shelf, which has ample space and is almost all solid (a few holes for tools). They are now just inches from the window. This is a simple solution for growing amaryllis in need of more sunlight – and it required that I use something I already had in the house.

While I have to give up my use of the bathtub for now, I am happy to do so for such a worthy cause!

As the stalks get taller and the flowers emerge, I will be tying the mature stalks to sticks so the top-/flower-heavy plants do not topple over. I am very much looking forward to new flowers to gloriously ring in the new year!

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