Roberta's 3-pc. Hardy Sonatini Summer Amaryllis Collection
Use that special fertilized potting mix when plant
First of all, I love Amaryllis; when they came I planted two in pots and one just in the ground. Usually, anything I plant in the ground comes up fine but not this. So the one I just planted in the ground didn't do well--well, it basically did nothing. But the other two I planted in pots with a special potting mix that I just happened to have ---they turned out GREAT! So I guess their a little picky.
only two spindly blooms
I was very disappointed in the results. The plants got very tall and only produced two very lanky flowers and only lasted a few days.
Nice healthy bulbs as shown in the presentation. Planted the day they arrived into containers. My first try with Amaryllis, so we'll see next year how well these make it through the year.
I had such high hopes for these amaryllis. I am an expert gardened, and I live in Zone 8. According to Roberta's they should have survived. Two did bloom, but they didn't return this year. I had them planted in a large planter and in the fall I moved it to a sheltered spot. I should know better but it is a bummer to spend money and have it go down the gutter!
Great For Containers
These bloomed repeatedly for me last summer. The largest blooms were the first blooms but all were beautiful. I had them in a mixture of other flowers in two containers. I'm hoping they come back this year.
Disappointing - I planted a number of these in 2013 however, with one or 2 exceptions, they only bloomed once. I don’t understand why Roberta’s claims “Blooms: June through August”. I do not recommend these.
Roberta's is optimistic
Most sellers of bulbs describe these as blooming early to midsummer, zones 7-10; also in zone 6 in sheltered locations, when planted deep and mulched well. Roberta's is unrealistic when they say this is good to zone 5b. I would be very surprised if all the other sellers are wrong in this.
I'm an avid gardener & only 1 out of 3 grew. QVC gave me a refund for the other 2. Very disappointed & hope they grow for other people. I live in Ohio maybe that's the problem. Also they weren't labeled so, didn't know what color I planted where until they bloomed.
I gave these a prominent spot in my garden because I thought they would be something special. Sadly, they were not because the the flowers are small. I had no idea they would be petite flowers. They are pretty enough, but just small. My hope is that over the years they will multiply and have more impact. As others have mentioned, the bulbs were not labeled yet we were given markers for them. Hmm...
I have many Amaryllis which have large flowers. These bulbs produce very small plants with small flowers. Nothing like I expected. Threw my money away on this one.
Bulbs are pricey for such scrawny things. I am spoiled by Brecks bulbs, I guess. My major gripe was them not being labeled. Who does that? Even low-end sellers label. I'll limit my ordering of bulbs from Brecks.
GROWING LIKE MAD
I'm so sorry that other people are having problems with these flowers. Mine are doing well and one is fixing to bloom! I did use the Cottage Farms fertilizer for flowers on them and that really made them grow. I'm pleased with my purchase.