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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Aug 9, 2014 6:45 AM CST
I have many Amaryllis naturalizing in my yard (zone 10). We are wanting to clear some areas of weeds and the Amaryllis are kind of in the way. Without wanting to dig up the bulbs, is it OK to cut the leaves off to the ground level so it'll be easier to get to the weeds?
My Amaryllis typically bloom late winter through late spring.
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Aug 9, 2014 6:54 AM CST
I would be careful about damaging the necks of the bulbs which should be at or slightly above ground level.
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Aug 9, 2014 7:23 AM CST
Yes for sure, but you say OK to trim off the abundant foliage?
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pirl
Aug 9, 2014 7:26 AM CST
Though I have many amaryllises, I do not grow them in the ground and certainly don't live in sunny Florida. The leaves are the source of food for the bulb so I'd be hesitant to cut them back but that's zone 7 talking. Maybe another person from Florida would be of more help to you.
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Aug 9, 2014 7:50 AM CST
I am aware that the leaves put nutrients back into the bulb, which is why I asked Smiling .
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Aug 9, 2014 7:52 AM CST
Would it be possible to gather them up in a 'pony tail' and secure them with twist tie or something until you're finished?
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Aug 9, 2014 8:33 AM CST
We're talking a LOT of Amaryllis - so - no....
I've done some googling. It appears that worst case scenario I'll skip a blooming cycle. Since I have them in other areas of my yard too I am willing to risk that.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 9, 2014 8:37 AM CST
I think that's a much better idea than cutting off the leaves, Anne. I agree you would certainly set back the bulb reproduction and maybe next year's blooms if you cut them off now.

Hetty, the cloth covered elastics that people use for ponytails would hold the foliage up gently. They come in a large bag at the drug store for a couple of bucks. (I think a twist tie would cut through the leaves) Even just regular rubber bands would work fine, for a short time. Office supply store has those in a big bag, too.
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gingin
Aug 9, 2014 11:20 AM CST
I grew up in Pa. After the daffs bloomed my Mom would fold the leaves over and wrap one around the rest to "neatin'" up the garden. A lot of work though if you have LOTS.
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Aug 9, 2014 12:09 PM CST
Yes, now that you mention that, I used to do that in England too with my daffodils.

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