Amaryllis and Hippeastrum forum: Can I plant amaryllis bulbs in my garden just for the summer?

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Name: Jane
Tobyhanna, PA (Zone 5a)
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Feb 18, 2016 7:53 PM CST
Hi all,

I live in zone 5a. I have 10 amaryllis bulbs that all have been blooming for me at various times since this past November. My very last one is starting to bloom now in late February. As each one finished flowering, I cut off the flower stalks, but left the leaves to grow. All 10 plants have healthy, tall green leaves and seem very happy growing near my living room window.

I originally planned on leaving them in their pots and moving them outside when the weather warmed up. Instead, when it's warm enough, can I take the bulbs out of the pots and plant them in my garden JUST for the summer? I don't have a lot of space on my back deck. I know I would have to dig them up and take them back inside by early September if I want to start the dormancy process for blooms next winter season. I would prefer to store "just the bulbs" in a cool dark place and pot them up again when I am ready next Fall. Thanks for any info.

Name: Barbara
Palm Coast, FL
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Feb 20, 2016 3:12 AM CST


There is no reason why you can't plant them in your garden for the summer.
Name: Johnny
Paducah, KY (Zone 7a)
Mar 12, 2016 8:18 PM CST
Yes! Smiling That sounds fun. I've read before in several articles that they will even sometimes rebloom outside and thrive perfectly well until it gets too close to their minimum temperature then they would need to be dug up and brought back in again. You can even repeat this every year. With all good luck it should bloom double time, once inside and once out in the garden.

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