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 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.
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, 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 it; and place all the peddles on top of the bulb 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 after 3 days. 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. The shoot leaned too close to the 4th leaf (picture 10); 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. 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 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.
A long and solid ruby red sword came on the eve of Chinese New Year (picture 32). 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. And thereafter, followed by another two large flowers.
After the full bloom is over, remove the whole flower stem; and give the water at longer intervals. 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!