Roberta's 3-pc. Hardy Sonatini Summer Amaryllis Collection
Only 2 Out of 3 Bloomed
The bulbs were nice- sized and healthy-looking when they arrived. I planted them within 2 days and waited and waited and waited for them to come up. They finally did in about 5 1/2 weeks. They were not very tall nor were the flowers very large, and only 2 bloomed. The red one was really nice, deep in color and the pink one was a delicate appleblossom color. The 3rd bulb (white) was just leaves, disappointed. This was not a good year for a lot of things in my garden due to all the rain here around the Great Lakes so I will blame the weather. I can't recommend them until I see how they do next year, and hopefully they'll bloom better.
No what I expected
If there is one plant I know it is Amaryllis. The bulbs are not what I expected at all. Once was dead and the other two were small - I would never have paid the same amount for these bulbs in a nursery. I have had good experiences with Roberta's in the past so I choose to chalk this up as an anomaly so I'll probably order again, but I am very disappointed.
It might be this was a northern plant but it did not make it in the south. It didn't last 3 weeks in a sunny area.
I purchased these bulbs a year ago. One came up last Summer, 4 showed up this Spring. Fragile plants. Not impressed.
not as expected
I bought these last year. 2 died I had a tiny bloom.It died over winter. I ordered more this year. They arrived dry with no green. (as shown in the shipped as". I planted them in planters this time. Hope they do better with the special soil mix. I am tired of the claims on air and then not getting the specified results even when I am very careful to follow instructions. I have spent a lot on these garden shows.....might end up going to the local garden centers if quality does not improve. Some plants arrive so small I wonder why I bought them. Why bother to ship all bulbs in 1 bag? They should be separated and marked so we at least know what color each one is.
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.