The Q&A Archives: transplanting Amarilla plants

Question: Good Morning;
I have an Amarilla plant that Mr. Fanick gave me years ago, growing
in a large planter, it has multiplied so much, I would like to
separate them and plant in my flower bed...
So how do I do it without killing my bulbs, and how do I replant them,
step by step? Do I keep the big bulb above ground are what ?
PLease help me . My husband and I worked for Mr. Fanick and loved him, we called him Gran Pa and treasured our time with him and miss his knowledge very much. I am disabled now and my husband is 76 years old, and have to limit our yard work now, but still love pretty plants..
Thank You
Peggy Thompson

Answer: Peggy,

Mr. Fanick was indeed a great nurseryman and knowledgable plant person.

Mid to late fall after the foliage dies back is a good time to divide the clumps of bulbs or to remove the "offsets" (bulbs that form attached to the mother bulb). Dig them with a garden fork taking care to get as much of the roots as you can. You can reset them as either single or double bulbs. Choose a bright, semi-shade location and mix an inch or so of compost or well decomposed manure into the soil to prepare the planting area. Reset the bulbs about 8" apart with the wide part of the bulb just above the soil surface.

Amaryllis bulbs can also be divided in late winter when the new growth just starts to emerge.

If I am ever in the San Antonio area I may look you up as I would like to see the bulbs that are a legacy of Mr. Fanick, if you don't mind.

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