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? about meat blood as fertilizer

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? about meat blood as fertilizer

greygarious | Mar 23, 2014 12:37 PM

I am a partially disabled retiree who long ago accepted that she has a black thumb. Even if I were capable of kneeling and digging, my Boston-area house gets very little sun, so I have *zero* interest in trying to grow stuff indoors or out.

That said, just before Christmas I received an amaryllis bulb which a friend had planted in a 5-6" upper diameter plastic pot some time earlier. It had just begun to sprout some green and I was directed that warmth was more important than light, and to water once a week. I know my downfall in the past was often overwatering so I gave "Mary"
3-4 ounces of water per week. Whenever I unwrapped raw meat, I added the blood to "her" water. About a month later, she delivered twins. Once those two blooms waned, she presented me with a second pair of flowers. I was told to cut the stalk down to just above the bulb once the flowers were over, and did that. Three leaves emerged, which are now over 16" tall. She's growing about an inch a day, it seems. My friend said that once the danger of frost has passed, I should dig a couple of inches down in a shady spot, and just set the pot down into the shallow hole, to somewhat insulate the roots from the worst of the summer heat, in hopes that Mary might bloom again next winter.

I will try this but I wonder if I should still feed blood to the plant - and maybe change the name to Audrey? (;-D) If I put meat blood on it outdoors, will it attract pests/other animals? I'd be putting the pot near my front door. If I don't, would it help to stick a multivitamin into the pot and if so, how often? I am neither able nor interested in getting into buying plant food, repotting, etc. TIA

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