Amaryllis Bulb - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by nirmalahilla
April 6, 2008
I have an Amaryllis bulb, which I saved after it bloomed. It is quite healthy. Shall I plant it in the garden now or shall I save it in the house until fall? Thanks. Nirmala


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Answer from NGA
April 6, 2008

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Here are some general guidelines for growing Amaryllis indoors: These bulbs grow best in bright light at temperatues of 60F - 70F. Plant so only one-half of the bulb is buried in the soil. The flower stalk will emerge first, followed by two or more leaves. After flowering, cut off the stalk but allow the leaves to remain. Keep the soil moist but not soggy wet. 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 bring it into a bright room . Begin watering again and a new flower stalk and new leaves will emerge from the bulb. When the weather warms in the spring, take it outdoors again to repeat the process. If you're growing your Amaryllis outdoors, they will need to be dug and stored during the winter in your gardening region, so you can follow the same guidelines, except the bulb should be planted so the top is even with the ground level. Amaryllis planted outdoors need very little water.

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