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Our Amaryllis is officially out of control.

Category: My Garden | Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:12 pm

We received this bulb of amaryllis last year and transplanted it with some withering leaves intact. Since that time we cut all the dying leaves off leaving only the bulb sticking out of the ground. In March the bulb came to life presenting leaf buds and all seemed to be well. Since then the plant has grown exponentially and I often wonder how such a flower could survive in nature without the assistance of human intervention to provide a support apparatus. My signifigant other has been constructing a rudimentary frame around the leaves and flower stalks. Thank God it just started to bloom because further upward growth was becoming unmanageable. The bulb currently has 2 flower stalks and 5 or 6 leaves, but it's really bursting from its training wheels.

Tall enough for ya'... ( photo / image / picture from SevenTooMany's Garden )

Two stalks and an apparatus... ( photo / image / picture from SevenTooMany's Garden )

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toni wrote on Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:04 pm:

Not enough sun. They need a sunny window when grown inside and can do very well in a sunny summer spot outdoors.

The leaves appear to be normal size but that flower stalk is about twice as long as they typically grow. It looks like many other plants that aren't getting enough sun, they get very leggy trying to reach more light.


SevenTooMany wrote on Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:09 pm:

Hi Toni - Unfortunately we have small windows in the house and the amaryllis is on the sunny side of the house right by a window in the bathroom. Hopefully it will maintain long enough to bloom unless we can find some other light solution.

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