Red Amaryllis

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A couple years ago, a friend of mine back in Missouri gave me a little pot with a young amaryllis. It was a baby that had sprouted off of her plant. Since then, I’ve watered and fertilized it, and this summer I transplanted it to a larger pot as it had grown larger and had a baby offshoot of its own. But no blooms, just greenery. I’ve kept it outside in the summers and brought it in when it got cold, and this past fall I left it outside until we had a frost which killed back the foliage. Then I brought it in, and after a few weeks, it sprouted new green foliage and yet another baby offshoot, but no flower buds.

*SIGH* I gave up.

But then a flower stem with a large bud emerged from the foliage. FINALLY!

Weeks passed, and Harland and I waited patiently. And then, this past weekend, our formerlly nothing-but-green amaryllis redeemed itself in a glorious way: Two enormous red blooms!

Thank you so much Glenda for giving us these glorious flowers to enjoy in brown January.

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16 Responses

  1. Doe of Mi. says:


  2. Glenda says:

    I think I see another bud in the background? Your photos show the shimmer on the petals beautifully! Mine are getting ready to bloom.
    The west window doesn’t have as much sun coming in.
    You are very welcome Suzanne. So glad to share!

  3. Jo Anne says:

    so beautiful and vibrant!

  4. Teresa says:

    What a redemption! Very beautiful flowers.

  5. Rosanne says:

    Beautiful!!!! A amaryllis is a hope for the coming spring, I think.
    My mother-in-law, who is 95 years young, has a dozen or more in various colors. They just keep having starts and she just keeps separating them. She has always told me, not to thank her for flower starts she gives me, that the flowers will die. Aren’t older people grand!!!
    Suzanne, your pictures are amazing!!!

  6. Tina says:

    I have had one for years but it is white and pink. It was a gift and was in a tiny pot.After it I thought it was dead and put it outside. It has done great outside for many years. They are so pretty and I think the blooms get bigger every year. Enjoy yours and don’t be afraid to throw it outside!!

  7. Karen says:

    So Pretty! And aren’t you so patient and hopeful, watering and caring for it all this time! A beautiful reward! xx

  8. Pam K. says:

    My sister always gives us one for Christmas. Right now, it is only about 6″ tall, but I know it will suddenly take off and grow a couple of inches a day when ready. I’m always anxious to see what color the bloom will be that year! They are so beautiful!

  9. Your patience was rewarded. It is beautiful and you took some stunning photos of it. I will continue to hold onto my little bulb from a friend to see if it will bloom one day too.

  10. Stephanie says:

    Gorgeous flowers! And I like how you photographed them 😀

  11. Julie says:

    Wow! Beautiful!

  12. Louise S says:

    I love amaryllis. It’s so fun waiting and watching to see that big gorgeous flower! Yours is beautiful, Suzanne.

  13. Linda says:

    Stunning shots!!
    Glad you did not throw it our….they are beautiful!

  14. Elaine Snively says:

    Love the close-ups of the blooms. Just like a Georgia O’Keefe painting.

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