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Growing Amaryllis Bulbs

I’ve been growing Amaryllis bulbs for three years.  I want to share my experiences because they are unique!  I started with one Amaryllis bulb and it bloomed beautifully, in April.   The flowers were red and gorgeous.  After the flowers died I didn’t know what to do with the plant.  I had no experience growing Amaryllis bulbs.

There were some beautiful green stalk-like leaves.  I decided they would do well in the full sun on my front porch.  I had learned that green leaves produce food for the bulbs through photosynthesis.  So this amaryllis bulb had lots of opportunity for growing with the photosynthesis happening on my front porch.

Growing Amaryllis Bulbs on My Front Porch

The Amaryliss flourished on my front porch.  I put it in a bigger pot adding worm compost to the potting soil.  The green leaves multiplied and grew long and strong!  Then another amaryllis sprouted.  Just a small skinny green leaf, growing next to the main plant.  MY AMARYLLIS HAD SPROUTED A BABY PLANT!  I read that worm compost has substances in it that helps plants grow.  I wondered if the worm compost had contributed to the new, baby amaryllis plant growing.  See links below supporting my idea.

Since microbe population is significantly boosted by earthworms, large quantities of  ‘plant growth regulators” are available in vermicompost.  Vermicompost is rich in humic acid which promotes plant growth and nutritional uptake. (Check out #4 & #5 at this link.)

Worm worked waste and their excretory products can induce excellent plant growth. This has been shown in several reports.( See #8 at this link)

After the summer, before the first frost I brought the pot into the house so the plants could go dormant.  This means I stopped watering them and the leaves all died.  After a couple of months I repotted the new baby bulb and replenished the potting soil with worm compost in both pots.

Growing Amaryliss BulbsThis picture shows the baby bulb after one year of being in its own pot.  As you can see from the quarter it is quite large.  The roots are robust and healthy looking.  I attribute this to the worm compost and the sun on my front porch.  Check out my next post for what happened the next year:  Amaryllis Baby Bulbs.

Check out my YouTube video on Growing Amaryliss Bulbs!

English Ivy in Winter

English Ivy in WinterEnglish Ivy in winter is very obvious.  The starkness of the trees strikes me as the English Ivy grows up the trunks, green, alive and robust in the middle of the winter. You can clearly see this in the picture.  With all the tree leaves gone you see English Ivy growing up trees.  English Ivy is an evergreen perennial so all its leaves stay green in the winter.  The winter is a good time to take stock of any trees where you want to obliterate the ivy.  Please see my previous blog post English Ivy Can Kill Trees for more information.

English Ivy In Winter Covering This Tree

English Ivy can be considered an invasive plant as it takes over trees.  It was introduced to the United States by the English settlers.  Some people love it as a groundcover.  Make sure you control it as a groundcover by cutting any vines that you don’t want.

English Ivy needs to grow up trees in order to mature.  It will not flower until it is growing up.  Notice English Ivy as groundcover and you will never see it flower.  Trimming it on the ground keeps it from flowering and forming seeds.

To the left I posted a picture of a tree covered by English ivy, even more so than the picture above.  The English Ivy has taken on its own form massively covering the tree trunk on the right.  Imagine the weight of all that ivy on that tree!

English Ivy has some benefits if you don’t mind eventually losing your tree.   In the fall, when most flowers are not blooming anymore, English Ivy breaks forth with its blooms.  Many a pollinator visit this food source in the fall when not much else is available.  This is a great advantage for the insects.  In a forest of many trees having a few that look like this wouldn’t be so bad, because there are so many trees.  See this link on English Ivy and pollinators for more information.