My amaryllis bulbs have been resting in a cool spot on the three season porch we call a Carolina room on the back of the house. I thought it would be good to repot them for this growing season. So about a week ago, I took them to the garage and found a larger pot for the red one. This is the one that has bloomed every year for five years, but didn’t bloom last year. It put up a couple of large leaves, and I did put it out in the sun for the summer. So, I’ll repot it, add some bone meal and a slow release fertilizer and see what happens.
The new pot isn’t a lot larger, but is wider in the middle than the old one. I put a drainage piece in the bottom as it doesn’t have a drain hole, covered that with new potting soil and a handful of bone meal. A shake of slow release fertilizer granules are added.
Lifting the amaryllis out of its old pot, the picture is blurry (sorry for that!) but you can see how the roots are circling the bulb.
I pulled them out a bit and set it into the new pot, filling in with new soil.
The pot that it came from is a nice size to use for the smaller Apple Blossom amaryllis. I cleaned the pot, and prepped it for the other bulb.
The drainage piece that I use begins with part of a plastic seedling pot.
I cut it to just a few inches high and wrap it in a coffee filter. This allows the water to filter away from the roots while keeping the dirt on the outside.
Place it in the bottom of the pot first.
Add potting soil, and a handful of bone meal plus a shake or two of granulated extended release fertilizer.
The roots on this one were just as pot bound, growing in a circular manner like the other one. Pull the roots apart a bit, directing them outward from the plant.
Place it in the new pot, and fill in with new potting soil.
I added the two new pots to the little indoor garden on the kitchen pie safe. The Thanksgiving cactus finished its blooming last month.
Just a few days later, the Apple Blossom amaryllis was starting to put new leaves up.
Progress is moving along, just a couple of days later there’s noticeable growth. If you got an amaryllis this year, when it is done blooming, set it outside in partial sun and keep it watered regularly through the summer. When the leaves die off, set it in a cool place for about 8 weeks, then bring it to a warm spot and start watering it again. It should rebloom for you in a few weeks. The normal bloom time is usually January to March for most varieties. My red one tended to bloom in February.
My African violet has started doing something concerning. The center leaves are stunted. There are several possible causes for this, none of them good. I have ruled out infestations and fungal infections, and I am hoping that it is just over-fertilizing. I rinsed the pots with a flood of water, hoping to flush out some of the minerals that may be causing the problem. Will see how it goes. If the leaves don’t recover soon, the plant may done.
This year I am trying something new, over-wintering a couple of plants that were still hanging on right before the first freeze of the season. Moving them to the Carolina room, there are a couple of begonias, one of the calibrachoas, and the tall spike dracaena. In front, the fresh parsley is still producing new leaves, adding a fresh taste to winter dishes.
Now is a good time to do these kinds of chores, with the moon in a full phase. According to my Farmer’s Almanac, from the 28th to the 31st are good days to do just about any kind of winter gardening, starting seeds and transplanting. I like the Farmar’s Almanac Calendar for the kitchen too.
Are you growing anything indoors this winter?