A few days before Christmas I was walking through the greenhouse of a Home Depot and I came across this new way of growing an Amaryllis. At first I couldn't believe what I was seeing it looked like the brain child of a sadistic Amaryllis grower. It reminded me of this one time when I was working in a bonsai nursery and these two older ladies walked in and walked out in a huff but not before I got an earful of how "mean" we were for growing trees in such little pots. When I saw this Amaryllis I had almost the same reaction as those two ladies some years back except I didn't yell at anyone and threaten to call the Arbor Day Foundation.
I don't know if I think this is the worst idea ever or the best. You can't tell by the photo but you insert the amaryllis through a hole in the bottom, then add soil and then you insert the plug on the underside.
On the plus side I think it could be a great solution to the problem we all experience at least once, the toppling Amaryllis. I had it happen a few times last year and once I convinced myself I didn't have a ghost knocking them over I realized they kept falling over because the Amaryllis were top-heavy.
But if you think about it this is probably the worst idea ever because of the problems I foresee with things like rot and creating a perfect breeding ground for pests. Today when I went to Home Depot I made sure to take a camera with me so I could blog about this. I made note of the website so I could look it up and post this entry. Here's a quote from the website
The process is quite simple, requires little or no maintenance and no previous experience or horticultural expertise.
I'm not sure who they're quoting there but I have to be weary of anything that is made to sound to be so simple and fool proof in regards to growing a plant. I'm curious if anyone has bought one of these and what their experience has been. If you can't wrap your brain around how this is growing you can see the demo on the company website right here.