In The Beginning
It started with small white tails after just three weeks. Then it proceeded on to small green sprouts after about another week. After approximately four weeks I’m now the proud mother of about a dozen or so tiny Amaryllis seedlings.
It all began back when the Amaryllis bloomed a couple months ago. My husband has always been fascinated by them. They grow so fast and have such huge flowers. He asked if it would make seed. I told him yes, but that they were usually propagated by bublets that formed around the older bulb.
On a whim he tried pollinating one of the flowers, just to see if it would produce anything. Lo and behold it did! After the flowers faded one of the seed pods began growing and growing and growing! Just like the flowers the seed pods are definitely a larger than life experience. This one had three lobes, two of which produced seeds.
The seed are tiny and surrounded by a large wafer thin black skin, which is how they would be easily dispersed by the wind. This actually happened one day when I opened the front door on a very windy day. I had to run all over the dining room gathering up the scattered seeds.
Starting Amaryllis Seeds In Water
Sprouting them is very simple. You just float them in a dish of water until they sprout, which takes about three weeks. Lightly cover the bowl, in other words don’t seal it tightly, so that the water won’t evaporate too quickly. After three weeks the first little root tails showed up. Then a bunch more followed. After about another week, maybe a little longer the first green leaves started to form.
This weekend I’ll take them and plant them in little pots. All you do is place them in soil that comes up to the black wafer. That way the root is in the soil and the leaf is above ground.
There’s a good video on how to do it. I just followed this gentleman’s instructions and it worked like a charm. It takes about three years from seed to first bloom. It will be fun to watch them grow and get large enough to produce their first blooms.
Not only do I have a whole bunch of seedlings, the parent bulb has produced two bulblets. One two years ago and one this past season, so I should be getting ready for several years of first blooms as the first bulblet will be three this year this year, and the other will bloom the next, then the seedlings should bloom the following year.
Share Your Amaryllis Seed Stories
Have you ever started Amaryllis from seed? If so, how did it go? Did they ever bloom for you? Did they come true to the parent’s color, or something new? Have your ever tried to create a new cultivar by crossing more than one color of Amaryllis together? I’d love to hear all about your experiences.