Amaryllis Bulbs in a Glass Jar
Before I started playing with flowers for a living, one Christmas, a florist friend gave me a beautiful, old glass jar with an amaryllis bulb sitting at the bottom of it. There it sat in our kitchen like a museum specimen, growing more alive and more beautiful each day; I was transfixed. This magic duo – jar and bulb – have since become one of my favourite presents to give a friend at this time of year. I love how they thrive with no soil; they are seriously low maintenance so make a brilliant gift for everyone, green-fingered or not.
This magic duo – jar and bulb – have since become one of my favourite presents to give a friend... at this time of year
You will need:
Clean large glass jar (sometimes they’re called pickle or bell jars; it needs to be at least 30cm/12in to support the height of the amaryllis)
Amaryllis bulbs – I love ‘Alfresco’, ‘Mandela’, ‘Marilyn’ and ‘Magic Green’. Use an odd number of bulbs. For a 30cm (12in) jar I would use three bulbs
Create: Amaryllis bulbs in a glass jar
Place the bulbs at the bottom of the jar.
Trickle in enough water just so that the roots are wet. The bulb itself should not be in contact with water.
Sit back and watch the magic You should start to see growth after a few weeks. Once the flower bud has appeared, it will shoot up very quickly.
There it sat in our kitchen like a museum specimen, growing more alive and more beautiful each day; I was transfixed...
Willow's Tip: You can add gravel or decorative stones for the bulbs to sit on; I just prefer it aesthetically without.