Lying in a cardboard bin, they'd sprouted into a curve, trying to reach the light. I potted them with their shoulders showing, mulched with a few river stones and gave them a drink for those parched roots. The roots are not to be trimmed off. Because the buds were already sprouted and growing, it was not necessary to put them in a dim, warm place for a few days. I turned them away from the sun, so they would follow the light and straighten up.
Sure enough, in only 5 days they were straight up. They need to be turned regularly so they stay erect. Another 3 days and the bud was beginning to crack open.
The next day, the petals were visible inside the bud.
Guidelines I try to remember for growing Amaryllis:
- Amaryllis bulbs are tender; do not pre-chill, expose to frost or allow to freeze.
- When searching for bulbs on the net, they are sometimes found under 'Hippeastrum.'
- Pot in a neutral pH, sterile soil medium. Give the bulb a good drink and do not water a dry bulb again until green growth appears. Best to not mist nor use overhead irrigation.
- Foliage may appear before or after flowering.
- For subsequent bloom in pots: deadhead the spent blooms, fertilize lightly through mid-summer. In July, put the potted plants in a dark well-ventilated spot with no water, allowing the foliage to die completely. Bring out again in early November, cut off the dead foliage, add fresh soil without damaging the roots and start over with a light watering. When the bulb has sprouted again, start to water.
Did I mention that Exotica is not red, but a pretty peach color with red striations?
They should be fully open in a few days. I'll post the blooms.