Photo courtesy of Life in Luxembourg,
Now is the time dear readers to start thinking about forcing bulbs, which in the case of the amaryllis is really "coaxing" as its so simple! No cold period required, and just some simple know-how. Plus unlike other bulbs that are forced, amaryllis doesn't need to be tossed, it actually gets better every year, fabulous!
Check out my article on houzz.com for all the details, and for those of you with gardens, look in the comments for a really great how to from an experienced gardener. All the efforts are truly worth it, imagine having gorgeous blooms like this all winter.....it can truly be reality!
PS: If you take a look at the photo above, you may notice that the bulb in bloom has no leaves which does happen with forcing. Ideally, leaves should grow first, or together with the stalk, though that didn't happen in the case of the bulb in bloom. After the bloom dies and one cuts the long stem close to the bulb, continue watering the bulb as one would a plant and leaves will hopefully grow, which is an important part of the life cycle of the bulb, and will help it to flower again next year.