And the winner is….

“Terra Cotta Star”

With an astounding 11 blooms, this second year (in my possession) “Terra Cotta Star” amaryllis is the winner! At least so far! This photo was taken early, before most of the blooms were fully open just so you could actually see all the buds well enough to be able to count them.

more open….

A few days later, it now looks like this…big, beautiful blooms shouldering against one another, each one absolutely perfect! What a wonder these bulbs are! So easy, so carefree, demanding so very little other than a little water, some part shade in summer, a couple of months of slumber, and then magic! A wonderful gift of color while it’s still bleak outdoors!


About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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9 Responses to And the winner is….

  1. Definitely a winner. Beautiful!


  2. bcparkison says:

    They are grand. Real show offs


  3. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I must try those.


  4. I love that color!


  5. jorjagrael says:

    Lovely! How much “slumber” do they need, and when? My niece has 2 that she wants to rebloom, but is finding conflicting opinions on hoe to accomplish this.


    • carolee says:

      After blooming, remove finished bloom stalks and place in a sunny window. Water weekly with a very diluted fertilizer. When danger of frost is long past and nights are at least in the 40’s F, move outdoors into partial shade. Water only if it doesn’t rain. Bring indoors after first frost that damages the leaves. Place them on their side in a dark, dry place. I usually check them after a month or so and remove all the dried brown leaves. After a two month’s rest, I up-pot them only if needed (if the bulb is only an inch or so away from pot’s edge, or if there are babies that need to be removed, or if roots are coming out the bottom) remove any flaky dried layers around the upper bulb and give it a thorough watering with diluted fertilizer. Place in a sunny window (assuming it’s now winter and the sun is weaker than in summer and days are shorter) or under a light that is on most of the day (or half and half light/sun) and watch the magic! Best of luck!


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