Do I have to hibernate my amaryllis?
Sorry if this is a silly newbie question, I've been doing some research the last couple days after rescuing a "bulb growing kit" from Target the other night on a whim. I've never really cared for any plants much before, so I'd appreciate your patience with my ignorance. :)
From what I can tell, it seems like folks mostly hibernate their bulbs in order to force a blooming at certain times, but it it something that I have to do for the well being of the plant? I think I also saw a post that mentioned that if you don't force a hibernation that it'll bloom in the springtime, which I may have improperly assumed meant you didn't have to hibernate them at all? Sorry again if this seems like it has an obvious answer, I tried to dig up the solution on my own.
Backstory of the bulb, for anyone interested: I picked it up on Tuesday the 4th while shopping for a lamp for my new desk. It was a kit with a ceramic pot with a bulb and some dehydrated medium kept inside with a cardboard sleeve. This plant had already started growing somehow, and it had twisted it's bud stalk so that it forced itself out from between the cardboard and the pot! Not really knowing the first thing about the plant, but unable to just leave it there on the shelf, I brought it home and followed the instructions on the package.
At first the plant was just drooping sadly to the side, but after the last four days of sitting in a sunny window and having some proper moisture, the stalk is almost completely straight now, just with a bit of a kink where it had to bend itself to grow out of the package. Makes me happy just looking at how much better it looks. :)
After doing a bit of research here, I dug the bulb back out to check for red spots, and noticed that some of the outer layers of dried material were a bit black and soggy, possibly starting to rot. I peeled away the unhealthy layers to the healthy white beneath, and had to rip of some rotted roots that I think might have been there before I potted the bulb in the first place but hadn't noticed because I didn't know any better.
Tomorrow I'm going to Lowes to get some proper potting mix and a pot with drainage, which the pre-packaged pot does not have. Oh, and some liquid fertilizer.
My main concern is that some of the leaves, which hadn't developed properly to begin with inside the dark pot, have bits of red on them, which from looking around might be Red Blotch. I don't have any other plants though, and I've seen some pictures of folks having living plants with Red Blotch, so I just can't bring myself to give up on this plant! I'm going to do the best I can to keep it thriving as well as possible, I'm already attached after saving it from the shelf.
Whew, thanks for reading my long winded message, hopefully someone can enlighten me on my question. :)