Growing organic flowering plants for a special occassion; and or start a low cost winter gardening project, can be an exciting idea.
In Singapore, every Chinese new year we love to buy at least one cheerful orange golden coloured kumquat container dwarf fruit tree; and many large pink and red potted flowers to attract happiness and prosperity to our home.
However, we have insufficient space for all; even I could get them here. So, I decided to get one most important colour into our sitting room. And I bought a bright Red Lion Amaryllis bulb.
Grow organic flowers plant in a container of water is simple and interesting.
The best thing is, you can concentrate on the plant growth; instead of worrying about the irritating black flying insects running out from the potting ground; and the mini insects which are driven by the dry air; when the in-house hot air ventilator is operated.
*One solid Amaryllis bulb (picture 1)
* One ordinary good drainage plastic flower pot
* One bag of coloured or transparent glass peddles (picture 2)
* One brown coffee filter (optional)
* One pretty ceramic outer pot
Grow it Step by Step
1. Rinse the glass peddles under running tap water.
2. Then place a few peddles (picture 3) in the bottom of the plastic pot; and set the bulb on top of them.
3. Lay the rest of the peddles in the outer pot (picture 4); and put this plastic pot firm in it.
4. Thereafter; pour a mix of tap water plus 10% natural mineral water in the outer pot; make sure the water level touches the peddles in the plastic pot.
5. Add fresh clean water everyday, when the water level goes lower.
With sufficient air, light and water, Amaryllis plant can be grown happily throughout the winter in an indoor temperature of about 20°C. And the foliage would be fresh and green.
When two leaves appeared (picture 6), you can place a coffee filter (cut off the bottom); or any other material to cover the bulb. The purpose is to fix the bulb's position in the container; as well as protect it from rotting.
When the plant is growing stable; you may remove the coffee filter; and place all the peddles on top of the roots to weigh it down. Because at this moment, the weight of the upper part of the plant would be increased.
This bulb was settled in the inner pot on 21st November 2010. It sprouted on the day 3 (picture 5).
When you compare this plant to the earlier soil grown Amaryllis; you will discover that, the earlier plant has no leaves; but this pot has 4 long striped leaves. The longest leaf is 49cm (19.5 inch) in length.
At first, you would be watching the leaves; which came up one by one; showing their best length. The leaves would grow 1cm each day.
Soon, you would realised that, doing balancing for only one flower shoot; is so much easier than doing balancing for these four leaves. Because the leaves were grown so close to each other; and they were not small.
Organic Amaryllis care instructions are Very basic. With a little love and extra care will help these flowers to achieve their highest performance.
If you can help the leaves to be familiar with each other; then they would not be fighting for the breathing space; or falling on one side.
By turning the inner pot left and right; tipping it up and down against the outer pot; the leaves would stayed secured and be happy with each other.
An unexpected challenge came when the flower shoot arrived on 11th January 2011 (picture 7). The flower shoot leaned too close to the 4th leaf; and when it grew longer (picture 11); it had to fight for its standing place.
The flowering shoot was totally blocked by the 4th leaf (picture 8). At this moment, turning the outer pot is necessary; in order to negotiate a space for her. Finally, she had a good place on 23rd January (picture 17).
* Balancing work started on 17-1-2011 (picture 9).
* The flower shoot was competting with the 4th leaf (picture 10).
* On 20-1-2011 the 4th leaf was fighting for a standing place (picture 11).
* On 23-1-2011 the flower shoot was 43cm in height (picture 12).
* On 25-1-2011 the flower stem was 49cm tall (picture 13) and flower bud was opening.
* On 27-1-2011 the flower stem plus bud was 53cm in height (picture 14).
* On 28-1-2011 the bud opened more (picture 15).
* On 29-1-2011 the flower shoot was 56.5com tall (picture 16).
* On 30-1-2011 the flower buds were pushing up (picture 17).
* On 1-2-2011 the buds were splitting (picture 18).
* A long and solid ruby red sword (picture 19) came on the eve (2-2-2011) of Chinese New Year. It carried a wealthy symbol to our house. And on first day of New Year, the first shy Amaryllis bud presented her sweet smile.
She shown her bright wide opened flower (16cm or 6.5 inch across) on the second day (picture 20). And thereafter, followed by another two large flowers.
* On 7-2-2011 the flower stem was 63.5cm tall (picture 21).
Balancing is the most important work you need to do. When the shoot and leaves are growing large; wide and long; so, a few minutes of intensive care is needed everyday.
After the full bloom is over, remove the whole flower stem. In this way, the foliage may be disappearing in a gradual and natural manner. When the leaves are gone; place the potted plant in a cool dark place; and let the plant go into rest.
Growing organic warm coloured elegant flowers in the winter can help you to create many cozy moments!