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Amaryallis bulbs

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Donna27-Oct-05 05:17 AM EST 5b   
Patricia 27-Oct-05 05:27 PM EST 5   
Donna31-Oct-05 05:19 AM EST 5b   
Patricia11-Nov-05 07:11 PM EST 5   
michelle12-Nov-05 04:22 PM EST 5b   
Donna12-Nov-05 04:49 PM EST   
Michelle13-Nov-05 08:26 AM EST 5b   
Bruce10-Dec-05 04:31 PM EST 3   

Subject: Amaryallis bulbs
From: Donna
Zone: 5b
Date: 27-Oct-05 05:17 AM EST

I have 3 amaryallis bulbs that I put out in the garden over the summer.They have tall leaves on them now.I need to dig them up before the frost and I don,t know what to do with them.I hope they will bloom for me this winter.I would appreciate some help.Thanks

Subject: RE: Amaryallis bulbs
From: Patricia (
Zone: 5
Date: 27-Oct-05 05:27 PM EST

This sounds drastic - but here goes: place bulb in a pot, cut off the leaves, place on side in a cool basement - about 50 to 55 Farenheit. Bring into the light ONLY when the plant produces a bud, not leaves, but a real, live bud.

Subject: RE: Amaryallis bulbs
From: Donna
Zone: 5b
Date: 31-Oct-05 05:19 AM EST

Patricia,This might be a dumb question but do you plant the bulb in soil now or wait until they have a bud on them? Would the fridge be to cold?That is where I kept them before I planted them last year?Thanks

Subject: RE: Amaryallis bulbs
From: Patricia (
Zone: 5
Date: 11-Nov-05 07:11 PM EST

Donna: Here are potting instructions I cut and pasted from a web site I found through Google. Potting amaryllis 1 Before planting, soak the ROOTS of the bulb in water for several hours or overnight, taking care not to dampen the base of the bulb.

2 Fill half of the pot with soil mix (African violet potting mix works well), tamp down gently, then place the bulb root-side down onto the soil. The bulb should fit snuggly into the pot without touching the sides. Add more soil to the pot, leaving the top third of the bulb exposed. Water well.

3 Keep the soil barely moist until the bud appears from the bulb.

4 Place in a bright south, east, or west-facing window, out of direct sunlight.

5 Unless your plant is one of the compact dwarf varieties, it will need support as it grows. Red dogwood twigs and twisted willow branches give good support as well as look attractive.

Donna: I do believe the fridge would be too cold. Not likely that the amaryllis will make a bud while in temp. that cool. Good luck to you!

Subject: RE: Amaryallis bulbs
From: michelle
Zone: 5b
Date: 12-Nov-05 04:22 PM EST

Paperwhites and amaryllis are the only bulbs that I know of that DON'T need the cold spell beforehand unlike tulips or hyacinths [sp?] before forcing. I have never given mine the cold spell and have grown them sucessfully for years.

Subject: RE: Amaryallis bulbs
From: Donna
Date: 12-Nov-05 04:49 PM EST

Thank you Michelle and Patricia for the advice.I will pot them up soon and let you know how I make out.Thanks again.My Mom gave me all of these bulbs and has since passed away so I really want to keep them growing if I can.Donna

Subject: RE: Amaryallis bulbs
From: Michelle
Zone: 5b
Date: 13-Nov-05 08:26 AM EST

Donna, you can also ask Art Drysdale on this website, become a member [it's free] and click on to Live Chat when your signed in. He has a program running every Sunday and answers gardening questions of all kinds... very helpful. Thought I'd tell you in case you didn't already know.

Subject: RE: Amaryallis bulbs
From: Bruce (
Zone: 3
Date: 10-Dec-05 04:31 PM EST

Let the frost hit them. This will help set the flower bud. After the frost hits them, dig them up and clean them of any dead material. I usually also cut off all roots. I then store them for several weeks in a cool dark space.After 3 or 4 weeks I pull them out, pot them up and put in a sunny window. gauranteed blooms every time.

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