Amaryllis - Knowledgebase Question

Newport News, VA
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Question by tmparker
December 30, 1997
I have purchased 4 Amaryllis this Christmas and would like to plant them outside. I can find NO info about this. I'm in zone 7. I have calla lilies and dahlias that do well with out digging them up for the winter.

Answer from NGA
December 30, 1997
These bulbs grow best in bright light at temperatures of 60F to 70F. After your plants have finished flowering, cut off the stalk but allow the leaves to remain. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy. In the spring place the pot outdoors in a shady place. In late summer, when the leaves turn yellow and die, stop watering, bring the plant indoors, and allow it to rest in a cool, dry place for about three months. Around the first of December, repot and birng it into a bright room. Begin watering again and a new flower stalk and new leves will emerge from the bulb. When the weather warms in the spring, take it outdoors again to repeat the process.

While you can leave lilies and dahlias in the ground all winter, you need to dig Amaryllis up so it can gothrough a rest period in a dry state. If you leave it in the soil, it will eventually rot and die.

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