Gardening as a Distraction: Answering Questions: Amaryllis Top Knot

Gardening as a Distraction: Answering Questions: Amaryllis Top Knot

Below are questions readers have asked me in person and via emails.

“My amaryllis bloomed beautifully last year and then this knot grew at the top so I cut it off. Is there something wrong with my amaryllis bulb?” – pleasant

Charlotte: It’s hard to tell without seeing it but I think the top node of your amaryllis bulb was a seed head that developed after it flowered. I was curious about the type of amaryllis seeds, so I didn’t cut off my empty ones after they bloomed. The red amaryllis that bloomed at Christmas produced a seed head the size of a small lemon. The thirty-plus seeds inside were black and paper-thin, about half an inch in diameter.

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