Amaryllis ‘Merry Christmas’
I’ve discovered a new favorite variety of Amaryllis. It’s called ‘Merry Christmas’.
The name isn’t too original, but I love the rich red color and velvety texture of the big flowers. What I also love is that the stems are stout and only about 12″ tall, so this Amaryllis does not flop.
In the past I have grown Amaryllis that had big flowers, tall stems, and probably not enough sunlight.
This resulted in an attempt to stabilize the poor flowers with wooden skewers while they were also being strung up with chopsticks and shoe laces (I just grabbed what was handy).
Though my intentions were innocent, I faced accusations of either holding botanical hostages or engaging in unsavory practices with tropical bulbs.
Anyway, thanks to ‘Merry Christmas’, that’s all behind me now.
This year I’m also a growing a variety called ‘Christmas Star’. It blooms earlier than ‘Merry Christmas’, but I was disappointed in the flowers.
Thanks to the warm weather our Amaryllis is blooming early and we can leave it out on our unheated porch. My hope this year is to save the Amaryllis bulb for next season, which I’m embarrassed to admit I never did in the past.
I was instructed on how to do this by our friend Carol, who I recently discovered was the Amaryllis Queen of Baltimore, Maryland.
Are you growing Amaryllis this winter?