Yesterday, I bought two amaryllis bulbs from two different places, one in a red pot from Whole Foods and the other at, horror of horrors, Wal-Mart. I was in this fix because while buying every spring-blooming bulb I could find locally and online, I passed up the mighty amaryllis. I have a habit of doing so. I simply can’t seem to think about both types of bulbs simultaneously.
So, while I was first at Whole Foods for groceries; then, Target to get cat litter; and finally, with Bill at Wally World to buy dog food (due to a mix-up in communication we hit all three in one day), I checked on what each store had left. I found many bulbs had gotten so warm and toasty in their in-box captivity they were already blooming.
So sad to bloom in the dark and such a waste.
If you haven’t already, buy yourself an amaryllis, but also, go ahead and open those boxes, or you might find your amaryllis has already bloomed its little heart out. While you’re at it, look in each for the biggest bulb you can find. In this case, bigger really is better.
After I got them home, within minutes, I had two pots of Hippeastrum growing on my countertop. As I wrote above, the pretty, red pot is from Whole Foods. The Wal-Mart special had a plastic, ‘er container, so I substituted with this one I already had. While out in the garage, I saw I had another empty, cream container. Hmmmm. . . .
Hippeastrum, that’s amaryllis to you and me, and no matter what you call them, they will be beautiful. Not bad for a bulb costing somewhere between $7.97 and $14.99.