Also wanted to boast a little. For the first time ever, I've got a re-blooming amaryllis. Nothing like a little success to cheer me. This is about my 3rd try. What I did differently was I put the bulb in its pot outside in the spring in a shaded position. I watered it as I would any other potted plant all summer and every week (or when I remembered) I fertilized it along with all the other pots. It was remarkably uninteresting during the summer - large strappy leaves and nothing else. However, I did notice that the bulb size increased by about a third.
When it started to get cold, I cut off the leaves and sat its pot in the garage and forgot about it until the beginning of December. The garage is coolish.
I brought it back into the house and started to water about once a week. It took 3 weeks or so until I began to get leaves and only leaves. But then, 5-6 weeks after I'd brought it in, presto - a flower bud, and a couple of days ago, I discovered a second. Whoohoo! I have become so drunk with my ability to get amaryllis to re-bloom, I've asked my mother to hold onto her 3 that she got from the grocery store so we can have our own colourful grove next year.
This photo was taken a week after the first. It really is a terrific plant to try if you're ever want to get someone interested in growing something from a bulb/seed. I still remember my Grandma Phillips sending me one by mail with her blue-ribboned typed cultivation instructions so many years ago. The only thing I'd recommend for anyone who decides to go with a kit, is to substitute a heavy clay pot so that it doesn't all keel over once it becomes bloom-top-heavy.
And, I can say with authority that growing Amaryllis is infinitely less calorific than eating short breads while binge-watching TV series. Although both activities are effective distractions from squeaking snow.