Amaryllis and Hippeastrum forum: The bulb on my blooming amaryllis plant feels a bit soft

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Name: Jane
Tobyhanna, PA (Zone 5a)
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PAgirl63
Dec 10, 2015 5:16 PM CST
I have an amaryllis (Samba) that is starting to flower, but I noticed that the bottom of the bulb where it meets the soil line feels a bit soft. I'm going to cut back on watering for a bit and see if that helps. Is there anything else I can do to keep this bulb from possibly rotting?
Name: Barbara
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bsharf
Dec 12, 2015 3:50 AM CST

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Does the bulb have a lot of soft wet red areas on it. That's the beginnings of rot. If that's the case, when the blooming is finished, you could lift the bulb and peel off or trim the "skin" until you reach white tissue. You can also cut off roots that are red and even trim rotted areas off of the basal plate, if necessary. If I have to lift the bulb, I also sprinkle the bulb with ground cinnamon, which has an antiseptic property. If there are just a few "freckles" of red, that seem to be on the surface, you're probably OK. If the bulb is getting soft with no red, that is natural, and OK. Let the soil dry out completely between waterings. Its always a good idea not to overwater, since it encourages diseases and fungus gnats. Given the high cost of bulbs, it's worth trying to nurse them through a mild case of disease.
Name: Jane
Tobyhanna, PA (Zone 5a)
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PAgirl63
Dec 12, 2015 7:41 AM CST
bsharf,
No soft, wet red spots or blotches anywhere. It's been drying out now for a few days and that seems to be helping a lot. The flowers are just gorgeous. Thanks for the info Smiling
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