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The Brown-Thumbed Gardener Strikes Again! My Christmas Amaryllis Project Part 2

By PAgirl63
September 18, 2016

On January 24, 2015, I had an article published about growing Amaryllis flowers from bulbs that were encased in wax. I thought you might like to know how things turned out.

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Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
Sep 24, 2016 1:24 PM CST
I have a pot of amaryllis growing outside. Do I have to let them die down and take them out of the soil, then repot them to get them to rebloom??
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Name: Jane
Tobyhanna, PA (Zone 5a)
The "Garden" is my Happy Place!
Garden Ideas: Master Level
Sep 24, 2016 5:30 PM CST
donnabking, do you want them to rebloom inside around Christmas or sometime after?

I also have amaryllis growing outside. I intend to pull them up next week and let them dry out for a few days. Then I will dust them off and cut off the foliage just above the top of the bulb. Then they go into an old shoe box and are placed in a dark corner of a closet til the first week of November. Around that time I will pot them up in fresh potting soil, water them well once, and put them near a sunny window. I water them very sparingly after that until they start to form leaves or scapes. As the leaves grow I begin watering them more often. Usually around Christmas or a bit later, I have new blooms! If you want the bulbs to bloom later in the winter, just pot them up in December or January. Good luck!

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