Hand it Over – Or the Amaryllis Gets It
Our Amaryllis is being held hostage. Not really.
It is merely suffering from an unhappy home life. Back in December, Judy and I placed it on a table in the back porch, figuring that’s where it would get the most sun. It sat there – and sat there – for weeks, with no sign of life. Then New Hampshire Garden Solutions pointed out that Amaryllis really need warmth, and our back porch can get pretty cold in the winter.
So we moved it to the table in the dining room. Which come to think of it, is where we usually grow Amaryllis without any problem.
Anyhow, in its new location the Amaryllis sprung to life. However, it had clearly been stunted by being kept in a bad environment. Well, not stunted – elongated. The stems stretched and stretched, and eventually started flopping over. We found an elegant solution by binding the stems together with the first likely object we found, which happened to be shoelaces.
But one pair of shoelaces, surprisingly, was not enough to keep this Amaryllis upright. After flower buds formed, we started finding the Amaryllis lying on the floor or table, as if it had tried to leap to its death. I noticed that the roots looked distinctly stunted.
The solution was obvious: another pair of shoelaces. Plus a small bamboo stake that I brought in from the garage. Plus some wooden skewers that we thought would keep the plant stable should it decide again to just end it all. The skewers might seem a bit harsh, but it was for the Amaryllis’ own good.
Resurrected, our Amaryllis actually started blooming today, although its appearance falls a bit short of natural elegance. But honestly, we are not keeping it hostage.