An amaryllis was left on the library porch over a year ago, a holiday orphan no doubt. It's pretty common to find bags of abandoned books on the library stoop, but plants - not so much. Anyway, Judy brought the Hippeastrum foundling in that cold, winter morning along with the newspapers. She put it in the staff room where it sat on the windowsill until last week. After a year of neglect and very little water, the bulb started to turn green, then a shoot appeared, then the shoot shot up, and up, and ... up. Now the flower at the top of the 27" stalk is just beginning to open.
A link to an article at the USDA website about "How to Make Your Amaryllis Bloom Again."