Amaryllis and Hippeastrum forum: Getting the Amaryllis ready for the winter.

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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Sep 8, 2016 1:59 PM CST
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Name: Christie
43016 (Zone 6b)
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cwhitt
Sep 9, 2016 9:46 AM CST
I've started to get mine ready for winter also. I found some red dots/streaks on one of my Papilio bulbs though, fearing the worst. Removed the outer scale of the bulb, dabbed some peroxide on the bulb (not sure if that will help or not, just a thought on my part), and have the bulb sitting under a light. But I fear that is is lost. Crying
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Plant Identifier
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crawgarden
Sep 9, 2016 10:18 AM CST
Thats's a bummer! Needed to start drying them out, so they can enjoy their time in the basement!
Name: Fiat
Modesto -The Central Valley of (Zone 9b)
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fiat
Sep 9, 2016 4:08 PM CST
Hi, How would you guys do to get your As ready for the winter? Just stop watering and move to basement, or cut leaves off and move to shaded place, or cut leaves off, dig out bulbs, put in paper bag and place in closet? Thanks for sharing.
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Sep 10, 2016 12:10 PM CST
For me, I have approx 30 amaryllis that I have had since 2003, acquiring some each year. They are all in clay pots, in Sept or Aug depending on where the weather is going temp wise...I start by letting them dry out; aft they are dried out I move them to the basement which stays in the mid 40-50s. I remove the leaves as they yellow up. During the winter I give each pot a small amount of water every 2-3 weeks. Come spring I get them outside to start the process all over.
Name: Fiat
Modesto -The Central Valley of (Zone 9b)
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fiat
Sep 10, 2016 2:18 PM CST
RJ, So you don't repot (renew soil) them every year?
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Name: Christie
43016 (Zone 6b)
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cwhitt
Sep 10, 2016 3:59 PM CST
I have mine in pots while in bloom, then put them into the ground for the summer. In fall, after the first leaves start to turn yellow, and before the first frost, I pull them up, clean the bulb part, put them in a paper bag with the green leaves sticking out and let the leaves die. I keep them in the cool place. After the leaves die, i trim them off and put the bulbs in my fridge. Once a month I take the bulbs out and set the root area in some water for a few hours, then put them back in the fridge until time to bloom again.
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Sep 10, 2016 4:54 PM CST
fiat said:RJ, So you don't repot (renew soil) them every year?


I do not, I will add some of my compost mix to the top. I used to not water during the winter and noticed that my bulbs had a lot of shrinkage, talked to plantsman at the floating market in AMS about watering them during the dormant period...thats what he recommended, plus I figured in their native area it must get some moisture during the dormant time.

Name: Christie
43016 (Zone 6b)
Plays in the water.
Amaryllis Roses Annuals Composter Hybridizer Garden Ideas: Level 2
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cwhitt
Sep 12, 2016 6:41 AM CST
I have a few in pot that I never put into the ground this summer - was thinking of just leaving them in the pot in the basement. It might be nice to compare the outcomes of the potted ones vs the ones I planted in the ground. Yes, I agree with an occasional watering while they are dormant. Makes sense.
Our destiny in life is to discover our gift. Our purpose in life is to give it away.
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Plant Identifier
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crawgarden
Sep 12, 2016 10:00 AM CST
It would be a good comparison!
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