My white amaryllis, backlit by the sun, adds a touch of warmth to this cold winter’s day.
And for those wondering about the bulb encased in silver wax that I posted in early December, its growth has been very slow, but steady. Here it is below, budded up, ready to bloom. The main advantage that I can see to this wax method of propagation is that it doesn’t grow as tall as potted ones do. The white one above is 24″ tall, while the red is half that size. It’s been an interesting experiment to say the least.
Next to it, I have a little vase of daisies from the florist. I find their sunny, little faces so cheerful and they are a nice compliment to the red amaryllis and its toad companion!
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Lovely images with the sunshine in the background Eliza. That red Amaryllis is quite impressive with its short but very upright stem. It seems it won’t need any support after all.
It is an amazing concept, but it seems to work. I wonder if they added a dab of growth regulator to the wad of moss (or whatever) giving it some moisture at the root. Time will tell!
The white Amaryllis is lovely and I’m fascinated by the red one encased in wax, it will have two flowering stems too so it must be getting everything it needs from the bulb; when they are in pots you do have to give them some water so it is interesting that in wax it doesn’t. I suppose you could always chip the wax off and try potting it up for next year but it probably isn’t worth the faff.
Thank you, Christina. I do intend to pry off the wax when it is done blooming, just to satisfy my curiosity. I’ve always had luck with them reblooming, so I’ll try to do the same with this one.
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It is amazing how the red one has done so well all on its own… I wonder how this works exactly?
I won’t know until I peel the wax off after it is done blooming to see what is inside. I’m expecting a wad of damp moss or perhaps some of that newfangled gel that provides some moisture. Bulbs store all the food they need inside them, so that is what it is ‘feeding’ off of. I’ll post what I find!
I’ll be interested to hear all about it – it looks so funky!
Looks beautiful 🌿🌾
Thank you, Karen!
I have not seen a bulb encased in wax over here, it will be interesting to see if it arrives in the future.
Americans have always been known for their crazy ideas. ;-D
Mr Toad must be enjoying all the flowers. Amaryllis are such impressive flowers. I have a few bulbs in pots that seem too small for them. They don’t seem to mind that! They flower in March or so. The crackle glass vase is pretty. I think I’d keep the wax on the bulb, cut the stems back when done flowering, water it occasionally, let the leaves grow, put outside in a filtered light spot & then let it try and grow, again, removing leaves as they yellow.
Thank you, Alice. 🙂
Very beautiful window display. I just hate the idea of the wax though…it seems like starving a baby.
I know, it does feel that way, doesn’t it? But since all the food it needs is in the bulb, I guess it’ll do okay until it blossoms. Afterwards, I’ll pot it up so the leaves and bulb will get the nourishment it needs to blossom next year. 🙂
Eliza, this was so cool. I am glad you posted pictures of both.
Thank you, Kim. It has been fun to watch the slo-mo unfolding!
Beautiful arrangement, Eliza, and it’s so good to see the happy little faces of the daisies on this dreary day (it’s dreary here, at any rate). 🙂 The bulb encased in wax looks so interesting.
Thank you, Robin. We really need flowers on these dull, gray days. 🙂
I love amaryllis!
It is a beautiful and graceful flower, isn’t it? Thanks, Valorie!
Wonderful blooms Eliza! My Amaryllis is about to bloom. She is indoors today as it is very windy here and yes, she’s a tall one so tends to fall over in the wind. She likes Florida. I put her outside summers up north and then bring her here and here is where she chooses to bloom. Can’t wait!
Thank you, Kathy. She must be a special thing to get transported. What color?
She’s called “Evergreen” and is white with green highlights. She is special but the standard philodendron also gets transported!
It’s really intersting to see how your waxy one has got on and I am pleased to see that it is flowering for you – still such an odd tin to do to a bulb though, isn’t it? Your white one with a hint of green is pretty and in its natural state is probably going to be prettier than your red one 🙂
Time will tell. Thanks, Cathy. 🙂
If the waxed bulb grows shorter that is something in its favor. I have been wondering what they did so thanks for the update.
When I explore under the wax, I’ll post my findings. 🙂
What a delightful trio!
Thank you, Laurie. 🙂
A sweet grouping for this winter day! Your beautiful blue sky brightens my day! I’m also looking forward to seeing what you find under the wax as I’ve wondered how these work.
Thank you, Peter. One does tire of the gray, for sure!
Beautiful, Eliza, that little vase of daisies is so completely delightful! I have an Amaryllis waiting to bloom here too. I’ve never grown one before, so it’s new for me, hopefully it does blooms. 🙂
Thank you, Julie. Amaryllis are pretty reliable so long as you don’t overwater them (they’ll rot) or they get below 40 degrees.
Beautiful combination and intriguing.
All lovely shots! I particularly like the play of light in the first one.
Thank you, Belinda! The sunlight behind always enhances their beauty.
Beautiful Amaryllis! I’ve had a hard time warming up to the wax-coated bulbs. Can you remove the wax and plant them after the initial bloom, or are they a one-shot deal?
Thank you, Kris. I expect the wax can be removed and the bulb potted up, to grow and be fed until its dormant period in the early fall. Many don’t bother fussing with saving forced bulbs, but I always nurture them (with the exception of tulips, which rarely bloom again).
Thank you, Ann. 🙂
I’ m intrigued about the wax covering. It is an advantage if it doesn’ t grow so tall, they get such giraffe necks usually.
It was a novel approach that intrigued me and begged to be explored. It has been interesting!
What a lovely, fresh image! Thanks, Eliza!
Thank you, Anca!
There is nothing like a beautiful Amaryllis in the middle of winter. 🙂
They are truly lovely, absolutely. 🙂
First photo just outstanding and I love it. My husband has recently been having lost wax casting done on some metal parts, maybe it is a lost wax Amaryllis? WAcky Americans, we are.
Thank you, we are a wacky bunch, for sure. 🙂
Thank you, Gigi. 🙂
Oh, I’m so glad to see that the wax amaryllis came out!
Yes, more slowly than the potted ones, but it is blooming now!
Looks very nice!
Thank you, Maria!
I see the blue of winter in your windows, and yet you still manage to have fresh flowers in your home. Fantastic, Eliza.
Yes, still white out there and probably at least for another two months. Thus, the need for fresh flowers! I’m forcing some hyacinths, so there’s more lovelies on the way. 🙂
It has come out very well. I wonder if you’re husband will turn out to be right or wrong. So far, it doesn’t seem in any danger of toppling over, but I guess there’s still time. 🙂
No, definitely it isn’t toppling. The first blossom has 6 buds, but they are smallish. While fun, I doubt I’d buy another as the potted ones are much more flamboyant!
It’s good you’re not going to have to change the pot! 🙂
Your amaryllis are stunning! Love the cheerful daisies too. Hugs to you! Good to be back. xo Gina
Thank you, Gina! So wonderful to hear from you – we need you now more than ever! 🙂
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I just love these with the winter light and the beautiful winter landscape through the window.