Monday, 23 August 2010

100 year old Amaryllis - 13 stalks : )




This Amaryllis is my baby. It was my great-great Grandmother's, and is well over 100 years old. It was handed down to me from my great Uncle Al, when he passed away in 2001.
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I repotted it last year, at about this time, but it didn't bloom last December like it usually does.

Thought perhaps I'd damaged it, but the poor thing was so crowded in a cracked bucket that the bulbs were growing out the sides and so I had to do something.
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I put it outside every summer, but this is the first time it's bloomed when I've done that.
I'm guessing it's thriving because it's happy. I sure am! : )
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Funny thing is, this plant is a real living heirloom. It has passed through many generations of my family and is a real link to my past.
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Thanks for visiting and Happy Gardening!
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6 comments:

Rebecca @ In The Garden said...

What a truly amazing post, I had no idea they could be kept going for so long. I'm ashamed to admit I have yet to keep one for 12 months! Such a deep and meaningful connection to the past. Beautiful post.

Susan in the Pink Hat said...

WOW. That thing is huge. It almost looks like an Agapanthus. What a great heritage. It is a living link to your past. I'm sure your Gr.gr.grandmother had it only as a single little bulb for Christmas. Oh my word, I would be terrified at the possibility of killing it! I'm curious—how many bulbs are in that pot? Are they a good size? Again, WOW.

Wall Flower Studio said...

~ Rebecca, thank you so much. I really appreciate that.
And, there's no shame in what you say, but if you're willing to have another go with one, try treating it like any other houseplant. This one gets no fertillizer to speak of, except for some coffee grounds, and a bit of tea once in a while.
Some people say it's best to put Amaryllis in a dark place for a while before it blooms, but I don't think that's necessary. I ease up on the watering a bit when I can see the bulbs are ready to send up stalks. They look more plump somehow; almost pregnant like!

~ Susan, thank you! Yes, I am terrified at the thought of killing it, lol! Funny thing is, I've often wondered who will have it after I'm gone!
So, good questions you've asked. Thank you! I've never actually counted them before! The pot is 18" across, and it has about 30 bulbs in it. The mature bulbs aren't as large as the big hybrid ones you find today. They are somewhere between the size of a golf ball and a fist.
Lot's of little bulblets in the pot, too, which are all sprouting little leaves.
I also hand pollinate the flowers and save the seeds from it. Have started a few other little plants from those seeds, but have been selling some on Etsy because I'm running out of window space! Bit of an obsession, really, but I guess there's worse things in life! : )

Annelie said...

That is so great!
I can understand your concern when it didn't flower last year.
Must have been quite nice to see it flower this summer.
The pot change sounds as if it was due. Sure looks as if it is thriving, it is beautiful.

Ginny said...

How wonderful! I have an amaryllis that never bloomed inside in a pot, but I put it in the ground and it's bloomed every summer since. Maybe I'll try one in a pot for Christmas this year.

Wall Flower Studio said...

~ Thanks, Annelie! My guess is that it took some time for the roots to settle into it's new pot. Yes, it was definitely due for a change! : )

~ Ginny, thank you. Go ahead and give it a try! It's so nice to have something blooming indoors that time of year, too.
I'd love to hear how it goes for you. If I can do it, anyone can! Good luck : )