Close your eyes and assume that you are walking in a pathway full of colorful and fresh flowers. The blow of the wind feels cold, and the scent of the flowers flowing through your nostrils. Suddenly, your mood starts to feel good, you enjoy what you are feeling, and somehow your anxieties are gone. Isn’t this one of the most relaxing feelings ever?
As you open your eyes, you spot a plain old space feeling dull and empty. Now, you realized that the first you imagined was way better than seeing a bare environment. Undeniably, the presence of flowers could help us have positivity. Growing flowers is indeed beneficial not only to us but also to the world.
Most people enjoy sending flowers and plants to celebrate an occasion or make it as an ornament. However, when they send flowers, it might arrive in bad condition due to poor weather, wrong location, and it couldn’t survive the environment. Fortunately, there is a flower that’s strong enough to stay alive during these kinds of trying times — the Amaryllis.
Amaryllis, some places call it Hippeastrum, got its name from the Greek word “Amarysso,” which means “to sparkle.” It’s origin brings us back to the Greek mythology story of the love of Amaryllis, who got love-struck by a cold-hearted man, Alteo. Desperate from Alteo’s love, Amaryllis pierced her heart with a golden arrow and shedding drops of blood in the pathway.
On the 13th day of her visit, flowers started to bloom along the pathway she walked on. Alteo fell in love, and her heart was healed, so the bright red flowers that grew are now what we call Amaryllis, which symbolizes a strong, beautiful, and confident woman.
Frequently Amaryllis are linked to Christmas, for it is one of the ornamental plants used to hang in the traditional Christmas tree, usually in bright red. But, there are more colors that this type of flower can bloom into, such as pink, orange, yellow, green, purple, and white.
The red Amaryllis are usually confused with lilies for their intense color, symbolizing love and luck. Also, this type of flower is capable of reproducing from its bulbs or their seeds. On the contrary, orange-colored Amaryllis should be kept in a cool and humid place, symbolizing happiness.
The white Amaryllis represents purity and is usually found as decorations. The best time to breed this type of flower is during spring and autumn and requires proper care for it to last long. Differently, Pink Amaryllis is ideally beautiful but does not have a very intense color.
Identify whether your plants love shade or sunlight. Know where in your garden is the spot that will be most likely hit by light and plants that should be in a place covered.
Plants grow better in soil suitable for them, preferably loose and well-drained with organic materials mixed in it. Furthermore, loam soil is the best soil for potted and garden plants because it drains well and holds plenty of moisture.
Strictly follow directions stated on a seed packet to correctly plant each seed, the depth, and the distance between them. In cultivating an Amaryllis bulb, you should opt to use firm bulbs that do not show any signs of decay.
In a pot, plant each bulb; approximately one-third of the bulb remains in the soil line to be exposed and use well-drained potting soil. Remember that the bulb should not touch another bulb planted next to it or the pot itself. If you’re a beginner, you can try to grow Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) for an easy, fun start, and it doesn’t die quickly.
Never forget to water your plants, especially those types that are water-loving. Make sure that your soil is thoroughly soaked, especially if plants don’t get water from rain. Amaryllis should be placed in a bright and warm location to avoid drowning your plant with water. Pour just the right amount. Preferably water it once per week is enough.
Many plants are easy to plant, but if you are looking for a plant that is easy enough to grow indoors and in the garden, Amaryllis bulbs are a perfect choice! Perfect to be scattered throughout a landscape, and they perform well in beds, borders, or even just containers.
No matter what plant you decide on growing, it could indeed bring gardeners a few weeks or years of joy, especially because many plants are easy to plant by following a 4 step process. After growing your plants, try repotting them to have more, and with the proper care, you will surely be amazed at your new garden flowers.