Help with amarylis please

prayerrock(zone 5)October 15, 2011

I have several varieties of amarylis and I want to store them for winter in the house as it gets to cold in my zone 5 here. Is it ok to unpot them and put them in brown paper bags to store for the winter? I dont really have the room for all the pots so want to unpot them. Any help would be very appreciated.


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socalgal_gw Zone USDA 10b Sunset 24

There's a very active Amaryllis forum here on Gardenweb; I'd ask over there.

Here is a link that might be useful: Gardenweb Amaryllis forum

    Bookmark   October 15, 2011 at 7:20PM
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They store very well in a cool dark place. You want them to remain dormant, and not start growing until planted and watered. Al

    Bookmark   October 16, 2011 at 10:06AM
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anna_in_quebec(z4 QC)

On the amaryllis forum, someone spoke of doing just that - unpotting to save space. She said she regretted doing so, as the bulbs soon shrank in size, and I personally think that leaving them unpotted will cause the fleshy roots to shrivel. That is why some indicate that a light watering infrequently in the winter months is useful, if not essential even.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2011 at 1:46PM
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albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)

I took mine amaryllis up and put them in the brown paper bag as I recall having been suggested. Then - I found AMARYLLIS: YEAR-ROUND CARE. Now I am not so confident in what I did.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2011 at 3:29PM
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Bagging them up will sever or dessicate the roots. The plant will make re-growing its root system a priority when you re-plant it, causing it to delay growing as many leaves as early as it would otherwise, which means less photosynthesis and less opportunity for growth - in addition to the energy expended on re-growing the roots.

In my opinion you should not re-pot hippeastrums/amaryllises more than every other year, and ideally every 3-4 years if you did it with proper highly-organic soil that stays absorbent that long. The roots live a long time and are pretty fleshy and massive.

You can, however, plant hippeastrums in smaller pots to save space, and they also don't mind being doubled or tripled up in one pot. If they are root-bound they stop growing roots and put that energy back into leaves, flowers and offsets. Taking advantage of smaller pots is something to consider for future situations if space is an issue.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 5:02AM
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Store them IN their pots. At perfectly 55Fahrenheit.Leaves completely cut off.And for heavens sake do not provide them with water... they will prematurely grow some pale, thin leaves, and the preformed scapes will fail to emerge.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 6:55PM
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