I am thrilled that I stopped by the clearance area of my supermarket this afternoon. Amidst the steeply discounted grocery items (often in the back of the store, and sometimes among the regular-priced items, with a special price tag), I found a lovely amaryllis bulb, in a fancy glass vase, with decorative black rocks in it, for $4.99! Wow!
It says, “Giant Amaryllis,” on the label with an image of a red flower, so I am not sure if it will be a Red Lion specimen like the one I already have. But it looks like it might have two flower spikes, so I’m very excited to see what comes! Doesn’t this look so very lovely?
The bulb is firmly attached to a plastic ring with teeth on the top side of the ring. The teeth have been pushed into the bottom of the bulb, and this ring has feet on the bottom of it that rest atop the decorative black rocks. The instructions say to add one cup of water, up to the bottom of the bulb. My other two amaryllis plants are growing in soil, so it is an interesting contrast of growing mediums. I have cleared some space next to my kitchen sink for now to see if it might like being there.
SHOPPING TIP: I always look around my supermarket clearance section for possible indoor plants, during December and January, and sometimes a little earlier. These plants are often very healthy, but simply did not sell at the full retail price. I use a similar strategy at my gardening centers, keeping an eye on the end of the growing season for plants that interest me. No need to bust your budget to have a lovely indoor or outdoor garden!