Please look carefully at the above photo and tell me if you see any flowers. No? That’s because THERE AREN’T ANY! I know that you get what you pay for, but I still balk at paying $30 for a top quality amaryllis bulb. And no one ever buys me one as a gift either…..but that’s another post.
So last year I trotted off to our local discount store (Ocean State Job Lot – we Rhode Islanders love that place) and thinking I was being so darned smart, I bought three bulbs for $5 each and planted them together thinking they would produce a lovely holiday display. They were a huge disappointment, bearing no flowers at all. I should have known by the sizes of the bulbs. They were the lowest quality available – so small and with few roots.
This year, conveniently forgetting my experience of Christmas past, I went back and did the same thing all over again – 3 bulbs, one planter etc. They’re doing a bit better than last year’s but come on – one bulb (the one on the left) has not produced a flower stalk at all and the others are puny-looking.
I think I have finally learned my lesson.