The Q&A Archives: Overwatered Amaryllis

Question: I received a white amaryllis as a gift - it was in a box, and when I opened the box I found it had begun growing. I read the directions; they said not to water the bulb until the stalk & leaves started growing, I watered it every couple of days, not very much - but I must have overwatered it because it died.
Is this bulb salvageable? I will hate to tell my friend I killed the flower before it even bloomed.
Thank you.

Answer: The bulb you received was all primed and ready to produce a flower stalk and leaves. Overwatering probably killed it. It takes a lot of energy for the bulb to send out foliage and the foliage, in turn, collects energy from sunlight and sends it back down to the bulb for storage for the next year's bloom. If the bulb began using energy to send up the leaves, but the leaves died before they could return energy to the bulb, the bulb is probably beyond redemption.

If you hurry, you may be able to purchase a replacement bulb (they're on sale now at most garden stores), and your friend will never have to know about this disaster!

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