A year or two ago I bought my first potted Amaryllis bulb and for the holidays and our whole family became enchanted with it. It was almost like you could stand and watch it grow before your eyes.
So last weekend I added pick up Amaryllis bulbs to my list of errands. I found some loose ones at my local nursery but their bulbs were larger than I wanted and I wasn’t sure if I had potting soil at home to plant them in. I kept hunting and found these bulb kits on sale for $4.99 at the Westlake Ace Hardware Store near my house. They didn’t have my favorite – white – but I chose two Star of Hollands for our house and picked up a couple of Red Lions as gifts.
Bulb kits come with their own planting medium, which is actually fun to use: you add warm water to the compressed disc that comes with the kit, watch it expand, and then fluff with a fork.
The kits also come with plastic pots, but I recycle or donate those and use my own pots instead, like these two blue and white ones that came from an estate sale and an antique mall.
The little windmill one is a Delft pot from Holland and is my new favorite.
Do you pot bulbs for the holidays? What’s your favorite?