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This thread is in reply to a blog post by Seedfork entitled "Late freeze zapped the Amaryllis.......03-26-2017".
Name: Jane
Tobyhanna, PA (Zone 5a)
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PAgirl63
Mar 18, 2017 4:56 PM CST
Larry,
Your amaryllis are always beautiful. Mother Nature can be kind ... and she can be cruel. Sad

I do have a question about amaryllis bulbs. I forced quite a few for Winter color inside the house. All of them bloomed and are now making healthy, green leaves. Right now my last one is blooming.

I do have one remaining amaryllis, though, that didn't bloom or produce ANY leaves until only recently ... if you want to call them ...LEAVES. There are just 2 thin, spindly green leaves coming out from just one side of the bulb. Is this bulb a ... dud? It is alive, but it is not doing much compared to the other plants. Should I keep nursing it along and hope for the best?

When the weather gets really warm (usually June) I put all the plants out (still in their pots) in a spot on my back deck that gets about 6 hours of morning sun and then afternoon shade. I water and feed them as they need it. They all usually do well and I begin the dormancy process with them come late August. I cut back on watering and fertilizing and let the leaves die back. By late September the bulbs are out of their pots and stored in the back of dark, cool closet until I am ready to force them for Winter blooms.

Any suggestions on what to do with the SKIMPY bulb with the skinny leaves?

Any info is appreciated.

Thanks,
Jane
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Mar 18, 2017 5:36 PM CST
First let me state that I don't know a thing about growing Amaryllis in pots. Let me state that secondly, I don't know much about growing them outside in the garden, they just pretty much take care of themselves here. That being said, I do grow some from seed and they always start out very tiny of course. So I would definitely try and save the bulb and let the leaves grow. If the bulb and roots are good, I would think with warmer weather the leaves will take off and grow pretty fast.Good luck with them.
I drove around the neighborhood today and picked up a beautiful truck load of shredded grass, leaves and pine straw, and I saw so many Amaryllis that had been zapped by the one cold night. If they had any type of protection at all, they seemed to have survived really well. Note for next time to have some type of covers ready if they have already bloomed when freezing temps come.

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