The Q&A Archives: Amaryllis Propagation

Question: In a previous answer on propagating Amaryllis bulbs, you said "a quicker method is to chop a large bulb into pieces, and plant them." By pieces, do you mean 4 large pieces, several 1/2 inch pieces, etc.? Could you please be a little more specific. I just bought 3 bulbs, and I would really like my first propagation to be a success.

Answer: Sorry if the answer was misleading - you wouldn't actually want to dice the bulb like a potato! Here's how to propagate a bulb by the process known as "chipping": First, trim off the roots and nose. The place the bulb on a flat surface, bottom up. Divide in half by cutting straight down. Cut each half of the bulb again, making sure the bottom basal plate is divided equally between the sections. Repeat until the bulb has been cut into 16 chips. Fill plastic bags with moist vermiculite, put several chips into each bag, seal, and store in a warm dark place. When bulblets appear on the basal plate of the chips, plant them singly in small pots of well-draining soil mix.

Hope this clarifies things for you!

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