Lithuanian earth goddess Ilona Kuodiene has spent several months living and working in Gozo as a Nutritionist. Her resilient spirit and affinity with all things in nature was apparent to anyone that met her, so when Ilona offered to write a guest piece for GITH, we knew it would be a thing of beauty. Tissues at the ready!
Last year for my birthday, my friend gave me a beautiful Amaryllis plant. Not a simple Amaryllis but a Waxed Amaryllis. I have never seen anything like this and was told that this Amaryllis bulb is completely self-sustaining and blooming with no care whatsoever. The waxed bulb contains all the water and nutrients it needs to flower. I enjoyed the beautiful flowers for more than a month, without watering once and when the flowers were gone, a few shy leaves appeared. But then nothing more.
Around mid-May, I started to think that it wouldn’t be able to continue to grow like this for long without water and soil. So I did what I usually do – I asked my mom and Google. My mom suggested to remove the wax and plant the bulb as usual. Google though, had a different opinion. “This is a single-use Amaryllis’ it stated ‘and it will not bloom again in subsequent years’. Apparently, before coating the bulb in wax, all the roots are removed, giving it no chance to regrow, but I just couldn’t give up on my beautiful plant and throw it in the bin.
I carefully removed the wax and saw that my Amaryllis had one tiny root, so I mixed some water with a rooting hormone powder, placed the bulb in it and by the end of the day I saw a few more tiny roots. It was like a little miracle; my Amaryllis got a second chance and took it. A long story short, my birthday came around once more and my miracle plant gifted me with the most beautiful flowers, twice as big as last year.
So this could be just a story of an amateur gardener and her plant. But I wrote it to remind myself, and maybe you, that if we ever feel rootless, caged or backed into a corner, we just need to wait it out. Every one of us has that miracle ‘root.’ It’s so very important to hold on to it and grab every chance you get in life.
So. What have I learned? One; to take advice from a Google with a pinch of salt. Two; never listen to pessimists and three; give others, and most importantly yourself, a second chance. Wishing you health, happiness and peace. Stay strong and take care of yourselves.