Every gardener has a plant that just does not seem to grow. The plant just sits there in its pot, day after day, looking the same each day, taking up space, maybe taking up valuable space in a sunny window. These plants don’t die, but they don’t grow either. Day after day, they are just there with no discernable change.
I’ve got some amaryllis plants that are doing that right now, or rather I should say they are doing nothing right now.
They are basically the same as when I bought the bulbs, except the shoots are a little greener than when I took them out of their dark boxes.
I’ve been analyzing the situation to determine what could be wrong. Here are some of my theories.
– I’m not watering them enough or maybe I’m watering too much. I actually don’t think this is the problem.
– They aren’t getting enough light. That can’t be it, as we’ve all seen amaryllis trying to bloom while still in their dark boxes in the stores and these are by an east window.
– I bought cheap bulbs and they were a little on the small side. Maybe this is as fast as I should expect for $3.99 a bulb.
– I’m simply not patient enough. Maybe these bulbs just need a bit more time to get established in their pots and then they’ll take off.
I think the most probable cause of the slow growth is a combination of the last two theories. I did buy smaller bulbs and now I just need to wait them out. They will bloom in time. I’ve never had an amaryllis bulb that didn’t bloom!
But just in case, I am going to try a new method of getting these to grow. A co-worker gave me this sign for my garden today.
I shall place it in one of the amaryllis pots and that should do the trick.Yes, I’m going to bully these amaryllis plants into growing and blooming. It may be too late for Christmas but these are the perfect colors for Valentine’s Day.
I really don’t like to resort to these kinds of methods, really. I’ve learned my lesson. Don’t cheap out and don’t procrastinate. So next year, I’ll buy bigger, better Amaryllis bulbs and I’ll pot them up earlier.