The Q&A Archives: Bare Amarylis Bulbs

Question: Have just dug my 3 amarylis bulbs from outdoors.
They have long, fresh green leaves.
Had them planted directly in the soil outdoors.
They are healthy looking bulbs and roots.
Can I rest them without having them in a pot of soil?
Or should I pot them now?

Answer: You can certainly rest them out of the soil; many of the amaryllis bulbs we purchase are treated that way for shipping. Allow the leaves to wither and then trim them off neatly. Set the bulbs in a cool, dark area (about 45 to 50 degrees) for about two months, then repot them. Pot the bulbs very high, so that half to a third of the bulb is above the soil. Water lightly once, set them in a bright location, and keep the soil only barely moist until they begin to root and grow again.

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