The second spike on my ‘Bogota’ amaryllis got too big for its boots (OK pot). It grew taller than the first by a couple of inches. I was so proud … of course there was a fall! I came down one morning to a mess and downed flower. So I decided to cut the flower and put it in a tall, heavy, recycled glass vase.
But now there is something strange happening … each time I admired it, it seemed shorter. What on earth is going on?
Well, it turns out that the stalk is curling itself up. This is because the outside stalk cells are hydrophobic (i.e. repel water), but inside the stalk it is completely the opposite situation. They are absorbing water by osmosis and swelling and swelling. So much so that the difference has caused tearing and scrolling. Here is a close up:
If you have ever picked a bunch of dandelions for a vase (against all advice about wetting the bed, I might add), you might have noticed the same effect.
It is really quite beautiful.
But if I’d known it was going to happen I would have cut a longer stem!!!!