ATP Podcast #75: All About Amaryllises: Podcasts are always enlightening

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ATP Podcast #75: All About Amaryllises

By dave
January 23, 2015

We've been celebrating Amaryllises this week at All Things and in today's episode we'll discuss these cheerful winter blooming bulbs. After that, we'll talk about timely gardening information, including how to grow late winter crops like onions and potatoes.

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Name: Duane Robinson
Kerrville, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas
Jan 23, 2015 9:17 PM CST
I love Amaryllis! I tried to post pics of my Apple Blossoms, St. Josephs and St. Nicholas Spider Lilies but didn't get them to load. Dave I have several Apple Blossoms that I am growing from cuttings. You can have as many as you want. Trish, in addition to taking the bulblets from the mother plants or planting seeds, you can also multiply them through the process of bulb chipping. Amaryllis are tunicate bulbs like tulips, daffodils, onions etc. A tunicate bulb has the basal plate at the bottom of the bulb where the roots grow. Multiply by taking the bulb by preparing the bulb by cutting off any of the leaves and roots but don't damage the basal plate. Then, cut the bulbs in half, then quarters and keep dividing making sure you have enough of the basal plate. You should end up with anywhere from 12 - 16 slices. I use 10 inch bulb pans filled with sterile perlite. Wet the perlite, then stick the slices half way down into the perlite. Place in an area that is out of direct sunlight. Mist or lightly dampen about once a week or so. The slices will start to look like they are dead and decaying, in about 5-6 weeks you should start seeing green starting to appear and roots should start forming. About 9 weeks, I will remove from the perlite and place individual bulblets that are forming into pots. This is a quick way to force bulblets from a mother bulb. My best success was I got 23 individual bulblets grown from one bulb that I cut into 16 slices.

I will try again to post my Amaryllis pics.

Keep the Podcast coming Hurray! Let me know if you want the Apple Blossoms and I can have them for you when you speak at Arborgate in March.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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Jan 24, 2015 5:47 AM CST Admin

Hi Duane, I didn't know you were such a fan of amaryllis. Thanks for sharing this useful info! You might want to copy and paste the relevant sections into a comment for the parent plant of Amaryllis. Amaryllis (Amaryllis) Scroll to the bottom and click on "Post a comment"

I would love an Apple Blossom bulb! (Or more if you wish Smiling ) I'm actually quite serious about wanting to grow these beautiful flowers. This past week really got me wanting them.

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