Storing an amaryllis bulb - Knowledgebase Question

South Haven, Mi
Question by kndibble
March 13, 2009
I purchased an amaryllis bulb and I would like to plant it outside for the summer. Until I can plant it outside without it freezing, I need to know the best way to store the bulb so it will survive until the middle of May. Thank you for your info!!!


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Answer from NGA
March 13, 2009

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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.

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