newbie to amaryllis

nopets(6)December 1, 2012

A friend at work gave me 2 box kits for the Amaryllis that I always wanted and she also gave me a box kit for paperwhites too. I am just going to try to grow one Amaryllis for now, I have a picture for you and you tell me if it looks ok to you. I am so excited to try to grow the RIGHT one that I am shaking in my booties!!!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

You've planted it at the right height, but it looks to me like you used that pellet of soil mix that came with the kit. If you want to give your amaryllis the best shot at growing well, giving you blooms, and years of joy make sure and read the FAQ.

Have you put the second kit in the refrigerator to keep that bulb dormant?
K

    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 6:48PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
dondeldux

What variety do you have? If I were you I'd pot them both up as they're probably already primed to bloom for the holidays and have already had their dormant period so they should be raring to go! Good luck and please post pictures when they bloom for you, we'd love to see them!

Donna

P. S. Try to keep them on the dry side until they have leaves and roots to utilize the water. They tend to rot easily when rootless and leafless..

    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 9:03PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

This is called Minerva, I did use the soil mix as I just got laid off and cannot afford potting soil right now. Thank you Donna for the info on keeping it dry, I have a tendancy to overcare for the flowers, I would pot them both up but don't have much room and I want to see if this one does well first, no use in messing two of them up at the same time. But the light is ok the place it is?

    Bookmark   December 2, 2012 at 11:16AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

You ask about the light being ok.., what kind of light is it getting? The foliage looks pale, so unless you just took it out of the box and took the photo, it needs better light! That foliage should green up in a couple of days if it's getting enough light.

I hope that the pot has good drainage. That pellet "soil" tends to hold moisture and encourages rot. Water it once and then don't water it again until it's putting out the scape or until it really is putting out lots of new growth.

If you don't pot up the other one, and it's not in the fridge you risk losing it. When those box kits are sent out, the bulbs are ready to bloom and need minimal care.

Box kits companies do what they can to set you up for failure with pots that have no drainage holes and poor mix in the form if a cool pellet!
Good luck!

K
PS, if you can bring yourself to do it, ask a friend for half a pot of potting soil and mix it half and half with some sand.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2012 at 12:57PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

I had some potting soil that I found in the back, and it is damp, not soggy but damp, so I transferred it to the clay pot and put potting soil in it. I have a flourescent lamp on it right now, I have another lamp that I could use, but it has a regular bulb in it and I don't want to burn the bulb. How far away should I have the regular bulb if I use it. I may be able to get another flourescent bulb and replace the regular bulb with it, do you think that would help? The pot does have a drainage hole in it too. I just potted it up yesterday.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2012 at 5:42PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

The flourescent light is better than the incandescent light. Don't know if it's a cool or warm bulb (more to it than just flourescent!). I'd make sure it's at least 8" above it...not sure if there's a science to it, but my lights are on for 16 and off for 8 hours/day.

Good luck!
K

    Bookmark   December 2, 2012 at 7:31PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

I raised my light up to about 8 inches above the bulb like kaboehm suggested, I can't put the others in the fridge because we have a bag of apples in there, I was thinking of putting them in the bedroom, we don't use it and there is no heat in there. I also have my mums in there and we don't go in there much at all.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2012 at 8:35PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

Here is a close up of the top of the bulb, I have not done anything to it, is it supposed to look like that? The next picture is the other side of it.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2012 at 8:42PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

Here is the other side. Which side will the leaves/stems appear?

    Bookmark   December 2, 2012 at 8:44PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

It is supposed to be warm tomorrow, high in the high 60's, do you think it would be a good idea to put it in the windowsill until it gets cooler and then put it under the light on my desk?

    Bookmark   December 2, 2012 at 10:48PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

Yup....that's s bloom bud coming out as well as some leaves. Remember... Don't overwater!! They do their best to live...

Do you have a bright window you could put it in?
K

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 6:43AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

I put the Amaryllis in the window, do I take it out at night or keep it in there? The windowsill gets cold at night.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 11:09AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

Cool is fine, freezing is not!
K

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 11:30AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

It is not supposed to get very cold tonight, but in the next few days it is supposed to be in the 20's and 30's for highs and lows, do I take it out and put it on the desk under the flourescent bulb then?

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 5:04PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

I put a paperwhite bulb in water and put it someplace cool and dark, how long do you think it will take until it gets roots started?

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 7:39PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

Dear Nopets:
Does it freeze in the house?? as long as the bulb is inside and not right up against the glass, it shouldn't freeze, but...be on the safe side...at nigth set it on the counter and in the morning, back near (not against) the window.

I have no idea about the paperwhites as amaryllis are rarely forced in water ON THIS FORUM...but I would imagine you might see some signs of roots in a week or less. Keeping it cooler may slow that down. Just an educated guess.
K

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 8:02PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

Does anyone know why my Amaryllis is not growing very fast? I have it in the window but it does not seem to be getting any taller. Any suggestions?

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 7:10PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
dondeldux

Nopets, I see your last picture was posted on Dec 2 today is only the 7th..it can take a few weeks or longer for the scape to grow to blooming size. I wouldn't worry just yet...;-)

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 8:19PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

Thanks for the info, should I put it on the back of the pellet stove for a few minutes? I can't leave it on over night but would it help to kind of give it a boost? I was just worried if I should give it a little bottom warmth, right now I have it on the windowsill and it has not been sunny it has been cloudy and cool. Should I put it on the desk under the flourescent light?

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 8:33PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

I think it is getting ready for a growth spurt, I hope so.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 11:13PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

Excellent!
K

    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 6:35AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
dondeldux

One might think that being so close to a pellet stove might be too warm BUT, my father has old fashioned cast-iron radiators (which I love) in his house and he has a thick pine board that he sticks between the radiator top and the windowsill and his few amaryllis sit on top of the board for the winter. This is all in front of a morning sun picture window. So, One would have thought that it would be too much heat, but it seems to work for him...

I know it's not really an answer to your question but if it makes you happy, you can keep moving your plant around like you've been doing. Most of the rest of us have so many pots that they basically have to stay put. Just remember when it finally does bloom, take it out of the sun or extreme heat so the flowers will last longer for you to enjoy.
Your last picture looks fine so keep up the good work and have fun...

Donna

    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 6:37AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

Thank you Donna, I just don't want to confuse it like I did with the Naked Lady (the wrong one)!I think I will put the pot on the back of the stove in a metal pie pan, the bowl I have it in would probably melt. I think I will set it there when we get back and let it have bottom heat most of the day. It is cloudy and cool by the window so they need some heat.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 9:39AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

I think that will be too hot. It needs something to offer more buffering between the roots and heat. A friend keeps a kettle on her wood stove to provide steam/ humidity. Sounds like they can get hot. If its hot enough to melt plastic, it could kill the roots not encourage them. How about a board as Donna suggested?
K

    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 11:44AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

Got the other Amaryllis out of the box and have it in the green vase to get the roots going, does that look ok to you?

    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 4:06PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

Forcing an amaryllis in water is really not optimal. I'd switch it over to soil if you want to keep it after it blooms.
K

    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 6:09PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

I decided to do as you said K, I put it in potting soil, I was not too sure how it was going to grow in just water and I do want to grow it next year. The first one has greened up and all the paperwhite sprouts have greened and growed up really nice. The first paperwhite bulb has another sprout on it which makes me very happy.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 7:06PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

I decided to do as you said K, I put it in potting soil, I was not too sure how it was going to grow in just water and I do want to grow it next year. The first one has greened up and all the paperwhite sprouts have greened and growed up really nice. The first paperwhite bulb has another sprout on it which makes me very happy.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 7:07PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

I think it will be much happier with nutrients and structure for its roots. Photos when they bloom please!!
K

    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 7:10PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

This brown part on the leaf of the new Amaryllis I just potted up, is that alright to leave it alone or should I cut it off?

    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 9:39PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

It's fine. It's just the dried edge of a leaf that was cut off prior to the bulb being put into dormancy.

K

    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 11:03PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

The new Amaryllis that I took it out the other day is actually turning green, not fast but it IS greening up. I just watered the older one, I took my finger and put it in the soil to my second knuckle and it was dry when I took it back out, so I watered it some not a whole lot but some. I know it is going to take some time and patience(I hate that word)! I get so obsessed with the flowers that my hubby gets worried. I just don't want anything to happen to them.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2012 at 9:35PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

I see the paper whites are doing well too. You're on your way to being a Hippi addict!!
K

    Bookmark   December 11, 2012 at 7:21AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

Already there K, I have some brown on one of my Paperwhites, I don't know if that is a reason to worry or not, I have Minerva in the window where the light can get to her, the other I don't think is ready for that much light, I don't want to sunburn it, I put the Paperwhites in a place where there is not a lot of light to see if the rest of them will straighten up, here is a picture of the brown on the Paperwhite.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2012 at 10:23AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

Don't worry about it...looks like could have been damaged in packing.
K

    Bookmark   December 11, 2012 at 11:39AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

Is this something I should be concerned about? There is red on the other side just like it, I am thinking it is growing more, am I right? Help me out K, please!

    Bookmark   December 11, 2012 at 6:01PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

I have seen places on the scape turn red where it rubs against the neck as it's coming out when the neck is too tight, but I've also seen red spots like that when there is fungus infection. Under the FAQ message look for fungus.

Red spot (Stagonospora curtisii) also called fire, red blotch and red fire is a fungus that thrives in cool, damp conditions. If this is red spot these spots will become cankers with red borders and brown or gray centers. Although it looks bad, it won't kill the plant. It may weaken the scape and it might break, so you can put the scape in a vase if it does.

Maintaining good environment and culture practices such as using the proper soil, air temperature, humidity, watering, etc is vital. Many of us use a product made by Schultz, which is a multipurpose spray: insecticide, miticide, and fungicide. Since your resources are limited, just keep an eye on it and keep us posted. Only water the soil. Try to keep the bulb dry when you water. Cinnamon is supposed to have antifungal properties, so if this spreads, you can make a paste of cinnamon and paint it on the spots.

K

    Bookmark   December 11, 2012 at 9:57PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

Could that be what is making the leaves this strange color? I noticed that the leaves ARE rubbing against the scape as it comes out, I will keep an eye on it and let you know what happens. By the way, do you advise against bottom watering or do you support it? It seems like a good idea to keep the water away from the bulb. What do you think K?

    Bookmark   December 11, 2012 at 10:11PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

Many water from the bottom. Top with care or bottom... Whatever works for you,

Some hybrids have leaves that are darker, even scapes with a red or brown hue. San Antonio Rose has a big red stripe that runs up the back of each leaf.

The bulb in the photo above looks fine.
K

    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 6:41AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

Thanks K, I am glad there is a place where I can go and get my questions answered, I was on another page with this one but no one has answered anything I post, so I deleted it. Everyone on this page gives me good advice and I take it seriously. By the way, my first Paperwhite that I tried to plant in the vase, it is doing REALLY good, the top of it is above the top of the pot, the others are straightening up rather well too. How much taller should I let them get before putting them back under the fluorescent bulb?[URL=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/89/1002847ko.jpg/][IMG=http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/3473/1002847ko.jpg][/IMG][/URL]

Uploaded with [URL=http://imageshack.us]ImageShack.us[/URL]

    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 9:33AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

I'll try that picture again, sorry.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 9:36AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

I can't tell you how tall to let them get. Some give them vodka to keep them short (I think it's diluted with water 1:10!). I would think natural light would be best, or on a kitchen counter...or under a lamp on a table. I only grow my baby seedlings under light, so I don't know that much about keeping plants under there to bloom!! Although I have some H. Reticulatum that are thriving.

Don't think it would hurt them to go under the light, but they will get very tall and lanky!!
K

    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 10:49AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

I have got all of my plants in the windowsill, I will leave them in there during the day and put it on the desk after it gets dark. My neighbor put a storm window over our big picture window so it don't get quite as cold as it did when we first got here. Do you think it is a good idea? My Paperwhites have really taken off since I put them there, I will take a pic tomorrow. I hope the new Amaryllis don't get sunburn, but it is not that sunny today.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 3:18PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

I have got all of my plants in the windowsill, I will leave them in there during the day and put it on the desk after it gets dark. My neighbor put a storm window over our big picture window so it don't get quite as cold as it did when we first got here. Do you think it is a good idea? My Paperwhites have really taken off since I put them there, I will take a pic tomorrow. I hope the new Amaryllis don't get sunburn, but it is not that sunny today.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 3:19PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

yes...good idea. Stop fretting!! They are fine!
Hot summer sun will burn....low winter sun, not so much. Unless it's blazing direct!

REEEELAX!!!!
K

    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 5:32PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

okey dokey K, I will try to reeeeelax as you suggested.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 6:48PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jodik_gw

Growing plants takes a good bit of patience, but should be a relaxing hobby... it's supposed to be fun! I agree with K... relax! Don't worry so much! Enjoy watching your bulbs grow and bloom!

I'm in zone 5, Central Illinois, with cold winters, and I grow my bulbs right on the windowsills, where they get the most sun. As long as the plants aren't leaning on the glass, you should be okay.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2012 at 2:57PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

These are my Paperwhites, as you can see they are happy and healthy and the new Amaryllis has at least a inch or more new greenery showing.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2012 at 7:53PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

The second Amaryllis is showing some new greenery, it is getting taller. Sorry the pic is so fuzzy, was trying to get a close up of the new green. It is going to have a lot of leaves.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2012 at 8:06PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

ooops!!lol!

    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 9:29AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

That picture was yesterday, here it is today, it seems to have taken off and I think it likes being in the window. Is there anyone out there who agrees with me that I actually will have Red Lion bloom at Christmas?

    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 1:10PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

To soon to tell that it's really a Red lion. I can pretty much assure that you're not going to have Christmas blooms. That's only 10 days away...
New Years is ambitious ... but soon enough.
K

    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 1:50PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

But they will bloom, next year I can start them earlier now that I know what to do with them after they bloom. When do you suggest the best time to bring them out after their dormancy? I won't have paperwhite flowers next year, they don't bloom again right?

    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 4:14PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

But they will bloom, next year I can start them earlier now that I know what to do with them after they bloom. When do you suggest the best time to bring them out after their dormancy? I won't have paperwhite flowers next year, they don't bloom again right?

    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 4:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

updated photo 12/16/2012

    Bookmark   December 16, 2012 at 10:36AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

Read the FAQ for your timing question.
K

    Bookmark   December 16, 2012 at 10:47AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

I did K and it said start them between the first and 10th of November to have blooms at Christmas. I don't have any decorations up and the blooms that I will have will be the decorations, they will be late but will be so worth it. Every time I see the Amaryllis is like it has grown since the last time, is it possible for the bulb to have 2 scapes? There is something my hubby showed me that looks like another scape on the other side of the leaves, is that possible?

    Bookmark   December 16, 2012 at 12:32PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

There is another web page that I visit sometimes and they suggest I throw away the Amaryllis that has the red on it, they say it is red blotch. I can't figure out if that is why it is not growing like the other one, what do you suggest?

    Bookmark   December 16, 2012 at 5:09PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

Here is a picture of the red, as you can see it has gotten longer and it is on the backside of the Amaryllis. What do you suggest, not obessing, just don't want to waste the space if the plant is not going to perform like it is supposed to, like the other Amaryllis is doing.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2012 at 5:33PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

Yes you could have 2 scapes, as that is common.

Yes it could be blotch, but as I said previously it won't kill this bulb. Good thing you only have 2 and not an entire greenhouse full (OMG I can't imagine your stress if you did!!). As previously suggested, you can spray it with the Schultz fungicide or try the cheaper cinnamon suggestion. Either way, it will bloom for you so just enjoy it. They each grow at different rates so don't compare one to the other.
K

    Bookmark   December 16, 2012 at 6:16PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

I moved the good Amaryllis to where I can see them grow without moving the drapes, so I put them on the tv tray in front of the window, will they get enough sunlight? Of course they won't get much today it is cloudy. I have the Paperwhites on there too. So I thought I could watch them better, and besides that I think my hubby was getting tired of me opening and closing the curtains.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2012 at 3:11PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

Looks fine. Ok.... They are in good shape, now just relax until it blooms and be sure to post photos.
K

    Bookmark   December 17, 2012 at 7:29PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

Ok K, I have my chair turned around so I can see them better, I forgot that they were going to get so tall! I will definetly have to find something to stake them with, but as you said I am NOT going to worry about it now, just enjoying watching them get taller and taller. The second scape on the Amaryllis has gotten taller too, at first you had to practically stand on your head to see it, now it is out there where all can see.YIPPEEEE!!!!

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 10:11AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

As you can see the other scape is making its appearance, I am getting better at taking these pictures. The Paperwhites look like something from outer space or something underwater, the way they have sprung up.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 8:04PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

Unbelievable....64 messages and we are still on "scape" watch! They are FINE!! Post when they bloom!!! Scape watching is fascinating for you, but we want to see blooms!! Will you have withdrawals if you don't post everyday???
:-)
K

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 8:26PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nopets(6)

ok, no more posts until they bloom. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! And thanks for all your help and suggestions.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2012 at 10:04AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

You just have to sit on your hands!!! green is green! We can't wait for your colorful blooms!!! It's your job to nurture them...and then share!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!
K

    Bookmark   December 19, 2012 at 11:58AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
aacor11

And? Did they bloom? How do they look like?

    Bookmark   March 6, 2013 at 5:28PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

I think there was another thread on her blooms!!
K

    Bookmark   March 6, 2013 at 5:59PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Rebloomer 'Giraffe'
Reblooming 'Giraffe' First scape with 5 flowers!! :)...
lenanen
kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)
The brighter side of a cold and snowy day...
3 Flower Papilio Bulb #2 opens it's flowers
mariava7
Hippeastrum Apple Blossom problem
My Hippeastrum Apple Blossom showed a tip of a flowering...
jujujojo_gw
Help ID mislabeled hipies needed please
Hi everybody I bought 2 Giraffes and I was so happy...
tsucath
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™