|Amaryllis 'Ruby Star' (easytogrowbulbs.com)|
I potted 'Ruby Star' up on Nov. 12, so a generous guess would be that it would be blooming by late December/early January.
|Pavlova Jan 18, 2012|
|Pavlova March 27, 2013|
I take all of my plants out and gradually acclimate them to a spot outdoors - somewhere protected from the sun. The plants are usually in leaf and my goal is to keep the leaves growing until they fade to yellow. After that happens, I just kind of ignore them until they start to form leaves again, at which time I feed them with a water soluble fertilizer.
The first year I grew them was 2012, the first one to bloom was a double white called 'Pavlova', which opened in mid-January.
|'Pavlova' January 24, 2014|
But in January 2014, 'Pavlova' bloomed early again, this time January 24th.
But a gardener's winter is fraught with impatience. I have three orchids in bloom, but I want/need more. I have some cool begonias with beautifully-colored foliage, Ornithogalum growing 1/4 inch a day, and an adorable Primulina but I'm still craving color.
I think the winter of 2015 will be another year when Pavlova stalls until spring. She's doing absolutely nothing right now, which is what Amaryllis do before they get ready to start growing and producing a bloom. I suppose I'll have to be more patient.