I bought five amaryllis bulbs at a garage sale about three years ago, and they were planted in the back garden at the house we were renting. It was a little overgrown and I was pleasantly surprised every now and then to find a beautiful bloom. When I dug them up to move over to our new place I discovered they had multiplied and I now had about 15 bulbs! I gave them pride of place all along the edge of the bed, and as the leaves would flop around I would keep telling hubby (and remind myself) that the flowers were beautiful, and worth putting up with the yellowing floppy leaves for the rest of the year.
Maybe they needed more sunlight? I moved some across into the garden outside the bedroom window, and eventually moved some bromeliads surrounding them. These would support the leaves I thought. All the information on the net talks about putting them into a pot and voila they would flower - what on earth was I doing wrong, I wondered? I noticed others flowering around town, aha....... mine have to be doing something soon - you would think - wouldnt you?
then I read something that distressed me no end - you have to stop watering them to force them to flower! Well, my gosh, it never stops raining here, so how am I to stop watering them? A bulb is now going to be placed into a pot and put on the verandah where the rain cant reach it.
watch this space.... I am sure I will have amaryllis flowers soon....