Amaryllis plants are in bloom again. I have written about amaryllis or hippeastrum before but I just wanted to give you all a heads up that they are in the markets now, albeit erratically. Someone must be bringing in some of the medium or lower quality bulbs from Holland and are raising them for the ornamental floral market. The size of the blooms is somewhat smaller than the Top Grade floral shop amaryllis in the West, but they are stunning nonetheless. At PHP50 (FTI, Taguig) or PHP100 (Salcedo, Makati) a bulb, they are an incredible bargain, in my opinionâ€¦ They come in bright red, white and several shades of pink. Buy them when the blooms haven’t quite opened yet so you get maximum enjoyment.
You can either plant them in a cache pot or cut the blooms and use them in a floral arrangement. I put 3 or 4 plants in a large ceramic cache pot and covered the bases with moss. A little raffia to hold them all upright and you have a great, economical floral piece. A few days later, I cut the remaining blooms and put them in a glass vase. The flowers lasted nearly two weeks with diligent watering (do not drown). They are a great alternative to Valentine roses. Last year I ordered dozens of bulbs from what I thought was a reliable supplier but on the day before Valentineâ€™s he claimed he couldnâ€™t get them to bloom (likely storyâ€¦) so I ended up with a red tablecloth insteadâ€¦donâ€™t you just hate it when people commit to deliver something they canâ€™t or donâ€™t???