I recently conducted an unscientific polling of 20 random individuals to find out who many know what an Amaryllis is.
I showed them an actual Amaryllis and asked one question. “Do you know what this is?”
The particular amaryllis I showed them was sitting on a bed of decorative rocks in a large clear glass vase so the entire bulb, some foliage, and a big flower bud were all in full view.
Do you know how many people correctly identified the Amaryllis?
Yes, an unbelievable 15 out of 20 people, some of whom claimed gardening as a hobby, had no idea what the Amaryllis was. A few offered a guess.
Amaryllis, they barely know thee, but I love thee quite a bit.
I cannot image celebrating Christmas without at least one Amaryllis in bloom and some years I grow half a dozen. I mostly treat them as annuals, but I have successfully grown some on and coaxed them into flowering again a year later.
It isn’t hard to do when you grow them as house plants. Just stop watering them in the summertime, which is easy to do as summertime is also known as “the season of the neglected house plant”.
Then in the fall, which is also known as the “oh gosh my house plants sure look neglected I better give them better care season”, cut off the foliage, which is probably brown by then because the plant wasn’t watered for most of the summer, and start watering again.
Then you can enjoy the Amaryllis blooms during the midst of winter, also known as the “what would I do without house plants season”.
My Amaryllis bulbs, both the one in the vase and others potted up in my sunroom, look pretty good to me right now, all in bloom, right on time for Christmas.
I’m enjoying them, and talking nice to them, and re-assuring them that though many people barely know them, I know them, love them, and will always have them.