A Proper Introduction
Hello! I have been poking around on this forum for a while and I would like to introduce myself a little bit so y'all can get to know me a little better.
This is my first amaryllis experience, so I'll more than likely be like a sponge in an attempt to retaining as much knowledge as I can from you wonderfully smart people.
Oh, and I'm born and raised in the South so please forgive my frequent use of "y'all" and "y'all're" and other such ridiculous Southern colloquialisms. I just can't help myself! haha.
I have a two lucky bamboo (collectively dubbed "Lloyd") as well two phalaenopsis (named "Laverne" and "Phillip"). As you can tell, my goofy brothers and I like to come up with strange names for random objects. Lloyd was my first plant and I've had him about 3 and a half years. Being in a college dorm room, I like to have a little green. So then it was just natural for me to acquire a variety of other green beings to have in my dorm room. So this past summer I got a 2 year old amaryllis and some phals. One of my phals, Laverne, is spiking and should soon be in bloom! So y'all'll (rolls off the tongue nicely, huh?) be seeing a lot more of her later, I'm sure!
I'll post some pictures of the green beings in my life now... :)
This is the 2 year old amaryllis. I've named her Acenath and the little one Aspen. Don't know what kind of flowers she'll put out, so we'll have to wait after dormancy to see, and maybe another year or two. (Let's hope it's after dormancy, haha). Then I'll probably have to get some help on exactly what kind it is...
Here's Phillip. He's just chilling out on the window sill. He's got crazy aerial roots.
Here's Laverne in all her spiking glory!... Ever since she's been spiking, the leaf closest to the camera has been looking a little rough.
A close-up of the spike tip... oh the glare of the flash.. sigh.
And my final story has to do with CHAD! Over the holiday break, my mother and I were shopping at Home Depot for some electric candles to light the windows. Let it be known, I paid NO attention to this box on the floor. My mother, however, stooped down and picked up an amaryllis bulb. She inquired as to whether this was the plant I had become recently obsessed with. I responded, yes. So, while she opened up the box, she asked if I would like another. I told her she was an enabler and better not be teasing with me! But when she opened the box!!! the poor little (actually, quite huge) amaryllis and it's bulb were so squished! The scape(?? my words have gone) and the stem were just ghostly white and the scape was trying to grow OUT of the box, I'm most certain. Well, it was love at first pitiful sight, and I told my mother there was no going back now! She said she'd been wanting to get me a new pot for my ever-expanding collection of plants, so now I have a wonderful, very happy Red Lion Amaryllis. I'm naming him "Gigage" which is Cherokee for "red". I have cleaned him up good and he's grown about 5 to 6 inches in a week! That's almost an inch a day! It's left its ghostly white coloring behind and is now a beautiful, healthy green. I was also glad to see that there was very little damage and disease to the almost baseball size bulb (thanks to this forum, I made sure!). I got some of the cocoa peat stuff and dampened it, sprayed a little 3-in-1 (thank you again forum!) on the bulb and a little in the peat to get some roots going. I've got 4 - 6 leaves starting to grow (1 is a new leaf) and I can't wait for it to look beautiful! Okay, enough rambling about Gigage. Here's a picture!
I also have seedlings, but they've only been in soil for about 2 weeks. I have 4 with roots so far of about 30ish seeds. I did a little experimenting with the seed starting suggestions. Those I floated in water for 8 to 12 hours have roots, while those I floated in water for 24 hours do not.
Anyways, I'm done. Sorry for the rambling. I'll be here for a while so I thought I'd dish out a few things about my green beings.
Time to write a paper! Don't you miss college?? :)