Waiting for spring to come
I have an amaryllis, white and pink striped, that has been flowering for weeks. It has another bud which has yet to open. I have another amaryllis, red, which isn’t flowering yet either. I got this one two years ago.
Last year I planted it in a huge pot and put it outside for its summer holiday. In October, before frost, I bought it inside, took it out of the pot and stored it in a bag filled with perlite; the leaves turned brown and it went dormant. In January I repotted it and put it beside a sunny south window, soon it was pushing out leaves and sent up a stalk with a large bud.
These bulbs can be forced indefinitely, all they need is water since all their nutrients are stored in the bulb. Downstairs I setup a miniature nursery. I have planted tomatoes and flowers which are growing in their pots under a grow light. I need to buy another since they will soon be outgrowing their tiny pots. I still have other seeds to plant, probably at the end of March.
I don’t know when I will be able to take this stuff outside into the green house. I don’t know when the last frost date is here. I have a primula, it is one of those common ones you buy at the supermarket after Christmas. They come in a rainbow of colors. I always get the a yellow one since yellow seems to me to be the quintessential spring color. This one has been flowering nonstop. My Christmas cactus is also flowering, It’s very late. At Christmas it had three token flowers, now it is covered in buds.
According to the University of Illinois I’m not doing everything I should to get my Poinsettia to reflower but I am trying to give it long nights. At first, when I started putting it in a closet for the night, I would forget to take it out in the morning or vice versus, until I set up an alarm on my palm pilot. But okay, fact is that Buddy likes the colors too.
As long as I remember to keep my palm in the kitchen, in the morning I’m usually there eating breakfast, I hear it beep. In the evening I remember to put the Poinsettia back in the closet because I’m back in the kitchen making supper. Sometimes one of the kids tells me that Palm Desktop is flashing a sign on the computer reminding me I have an appointment with a poinsettia.