I bought an amaryllis bulb this week. Not a peace lily, but an amaryllis. They are beautiful for the Christmas season with their massive red blossoms. They lay in the box at the store with a stem extending from the bulb and blooming. No soil, no water, not even sun for photosynthesis but they survived. How could I go wrong? I bought one with no blossom so I could start from scratch.
I brought it home lovingly from work in the dark and finally found a cracked pot beside the house to plant it in. In all those flower pots beside the house not one contained any soil and it was dark, cold and drizzling heavily. I searched with a flashlight until I was drenched. I remembered once reading an article with instructions for growing them in a saucer with rocks and water. I searched through the hobby cabinet and found some marbles – but no rocks. Well, marbles are similar to rocks, right?
I placed the bulb roots down on the marbles in the pot and poured water over them. Several days went by and nothing. Then guess what? It’s growing! I can’t wait to see the crimson blossoms peaking out just in time for Christmas. Now all I need is some holly and I’ll be ready for the yule season.
I’ll let you know if it survives.