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Jump Starting an Amaryllis Bulb

By Paul2032
January 19, 2015

Often when I buy a new Amaryllis Bulb it has crisp dry roots. Here is a way to give the bulb some help in starting.

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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
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grannysgarden
Jan 18, 2015 6:14 PM CST
I have not tried this with amaryllis but I have balanced an iris rhizome over water so that the bottom of it was wet. It helped a lot so I am guessing it would be great for an amaryllis bulb also. That is a beautiful bulb in your photo, Paul.
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Paul2032
Jan 18, 2015 6:16 PM CST
Thanks Bonnie......even amaryllis bulbs with roots benefit from a short soaking......
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flaflwrgrl
Jan 18, 2015 7:20 PM CST
Great tip Paul! Thumbs up
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kniphofia
Jan 18, 2015 11:59 PM CST
I always did this with my amaryllis bulbs, most of them having been in garden centres and such or in packaging for several days. Works a treat!
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bsharf
Jan 19, 2015 1:58 AM CST
It's a great idea for Amaryllis bulbs, the small jar is a perfect size for soaking the roots.
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MaryE
Jan 19, 2015 2:38 PM CST
I didn't uproot mine from their pots last fall. They are in the greenhouse and I just stopped watering them. I am thinking maybe I should pull them out of the pots and give them this water soak boost and maybe add some hydrogen peroxide to the water? Has anybody done this?
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Jan 19, 2015 2:45 PM CST
I have never let mine sit in pots for that long. I force them and the let the tops grow and put them in the garden in late May after all chance of frost has passed so they can make a lot of energy for the next spring. This seems to work for me. If they are already in potting medium I would not uproot them. If you wanted to make them break winter dormancy I would just soak the pots bulb and all. Then treat them like a living plant until they begin to grow.
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MaryE
Jan 19, 2015 4:52 PM CST
Much easier, thanks.
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mcash70
Jan 19, 2015 6:29 PM CST
I agree Mary, just soak the pots in a pan of tepid water, but be careful not to leave them in there too long so that they become waterlogged. Thumbs up

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Cem9165
Jan 20, 2015 4:56 AM CST
Excellent idea! Thanks for sharing it.
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Name: Anna Z.
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AnnaZ
Jan 20, 2015 8:25 AM CST
My bulbs are still in the pail where I tossed them after digging from the garden last fall. Must pot them up. Mayhap I will try the soak thing to wake them up.

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