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Amaryllis Bulbs never died...what do I do with them?

Posted by edlincoln 6A (My Page) on
Mon, Oct 28, 13 at 12:25

My Mom has never had much luck getting Amaryllis to bloom a second time. They don't survive outside here, there are issues with finding a spot in the house they get enough light, storage issues, etc. We have an unheated sunroom/greenhouse that never quite gets below freezing...but gets cold enough to use as a fridge on Thanksgiving.

We dumped some big potted bulbs there last year...Amaryllis I think, but I'm not sure. I just visited and noticed they each had two tall leaves. I'm unsure if they have ever been dormant (possibly they were February of last year?) and even unsure of the species (but I think Amaryllis)

What do I do with them? Ideally I'd want them to bloom for Thanksgiving or Christmas, but I'd be happy with getting any second bloom out of them. The Sunroom is just getting cold for the I cut off the leaves and leave them there until Thanksgiving do induce dormancy? Do I bring them in where it is warm?

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RE: Amaryllis Bulbs never died...what do I do with them?

  • Posted by socalgal USDA z10 Sunset z24, (My Page) on
    Mon, Oct 28, 13 at 16:04

Gardenweb has an Amaryllis forum with very knowledgeable people, I'd post your question over there.

Here is a link that might be useful: Amaryllis forum

RE: Amaryllis Bulbs never died...what do I do with them?

The normal bloom time for Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) is early summer or late spring. If you want to force for blooming out of season, the energy of the bulb needs to be boosted by a full summer in the growing season. Then forced into an early dormancy which can be broken when you want it to bloom out of season. It is too late to force dormancy this year. I would let them go into normal dormant state in the sunroom and next spring after the last frost, either plant them in the garden, or sink the pot in the garden, and enjoy an early bloom, allow the plant to flourish through the summer until late Aug. or early Sept. when you can force into dormancy, and force into bloom after at least 2 months of the dormant state. You will probably be a little late for the holidays. Good luck. Al

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