This Christmas or Thanksgiving cactus was too late for Thanksgiving, but too early for Christmas. And at the rate the blooms are fading, it won’t be much for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day either. That’s okay because I have a white flowering Christmas cactus in another room that is just starting to bud out. I think it will bloom right on time for Christmas.
In the meantime, I potted up some amaryllis bulbs this morning, so perhaps they’ll bloom for Christmas.
I have a sun room with a permanent “potting area” set up, which makes it easy for me to one minute decide to mess with an indoor plant, and then a minute or two later, I’m messing with it.
This is officially called a “potting tidy” and I highly recommend it for anyone who does much with indoor plants. By the way, you know you are an indoor gardening geek when you have a potting tidy or talk about potting tidies in general company.
I read a post this morning from the indoor plant guy, Mr. Brown Thumb of Chi-cago and he was right on with how I pot up amaryllis, so check out his post for some good instructions.
I have three special heavy-duty holiday pots for my amaryllis.They are sitting here in my plant sink all potted up for Christmas. I also highly recommend that if you have a sun room, you should have a plant sink in it. I had mine put in about seven years ago as a reward for myself after I completed a “wildly successful multi-year project” at work.
Once planted up, I placed the amaryllis bulbs by a window, along with some paperwhites I am growing on a bed of gravel.
One of my pet peeves is when amaryllis or other indoor plants are photographed sitting in a room with no visible soures of good light around them. I’ve seen pictures even in gardening magazines that cause me to shake my head and just hope that no one looking at them decides to try to grow indoor plants like that. Plants are not decorations, they are living things that have light, water, and food requirements, just like us. We get all cranky after days without sunlight, think how the plants must feel when they are deprived of light for days on end?
Once these amaryllis start to bloom, I may move them to my great room or kitchen to enjoy them for a few days, but then they go back into the sunroom to get their light fix.
My other holiday plants are my poinsettias which I’ve had for years. They are alway so nice and red and perfect, even after nearly ten years, or however long I’ve had them, that I have no thought of replacing them with any new ones.
What plants do you grow special for the holidays?