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.)
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.
This 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!