I ordered 3 Amaryllis bulbs from a well-known vendor. When I opened them the next day, they had lesions that disturbed me. Were these red blotch or just damage suffered in digging and processing? I sent an email to the vendor with photos like the ones above. The thing that worried me the most was the mushy spots like the one at bottom left.
The reply was that the company's horticulturist said this was just normal spots suffered in washing the bulbs, not to worry, plant the bulbs.
What! I peeled away the worst of the soft spots and planted them. I broke off the budding side bulb what looked so red and angry in the top picture upper left. The mother bulb was white and firm underneath. It isn't as if I'd ordered dozens and dozens. Perhaps they will be fine and produce wonderful blossoms by Christmas the way they are supposed to.
Sprouting leaves look promising. I isolated them from my other Amaryllis, just in case. None of my other bulbs from other sources looked like this. I did not expecct this from a vendor that promises firm, healthy bulbs. I'm just glad I thought to order a minimum number and check out their Hippeastrums before placing a large order.
The vendor I used last year sent firm bulbs without red spots. I already made a note to use that one again.