2021 Christmas Amaryllis Bulbs Selected - November 2021
One of the first 'moments' that kicks off the holiday season each year for me is the annual purchase and planting of Amaryllis bulbs (or what my kids call: "Christmas Flowers"). Normally, I buy a couple of varieties - some from big box stores and some from Wannamaker's. This past weekend, I was at Home Depot and found what you normally find at big box stores: Amaryllis kits. That's a bulb, a little pot and a disc of 'soil' that expands when you add water. I don't love those - especially since it seemed that when I opened the boxes for the kits, I noticed that the stalks had already emerged from the bulb, but due to being in the dark they were white(ish). But, right next to the kits was a bin of bare bulbs - both Paper-whites and Amaryllis. The Amaryllis bulbs were $7.99 - about half of what I normally pay for a high quality bulb. I grabbed three of them. And a low, wide clay container to plant all three. Those three are all the same variety - that you can see below - named: Red Lion. These look to be all red - with no variegation/white stripes.
We also brought home a couple of larger, higher quality bulbs from the Wannamaker's annual Christmas Open House. These are $15.99 - about double the Home Depot ones - but are larger and I've had great success with them over the years. First, the Bird picked one out - this greenish one called Lemon Star. You can see the label below. This one would bring some springtime vibes to our kitchen during the Winter when it blooms.