I have a compost bin on the side of the house where I throw kitchen scraps and old flower arrangements. Usually I just toss things in there and don’t notice anything unusual. But today I did. It was an amaryllis bulb bravely struggling to grow after I had tossed it out a few weeks ago, thinking that it would not grow at all. I had potted it two months ago and it barely produced any leaves. Nothing was happening, so I put the bulb in the bin.
Now the bulb has produced a ten inch long stalk with a big bud on the end! What a surprise! Since it was under some other items in the bin, the stalk had to curve quite a bit to reach the sun. Fortunately, the lid wasn’t on the bin and the stalk and bud were visible. I stood there and looked down, amazed to see this very delayed amaryllis bulb. I have now potted the bulb and it is in my house where I hope the stalk can straighten out. Maybe this plant will bloom after all!
Each winter I grow a selection of amaryllis plants. Usually I plant the bulbs in October so I will have blooms for Christmas. This year, in January, I ordered two more bulbs for continued winter blooming. One plant bloomed in early March, but the second bulb only produced tiny leaves. Now it has a tall stalk and bud. I hope it will be a beauty like the one that bloomed in December. I am posting a photo of that magnificent amaryllis, Candy Floss.
Next time, I will be more patient with the bulbs.