Amaryllis and Hippeastrum forum: Growing amaryllis outside

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Name: Kabby
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Kabby
Mar 29, 2017 7:32 PM CST
I have Aphrodite, Apple Blossom, Bolero, and Vera all planted outside in my zone 8a. They are only a foot tall and getting ready to bloom. This also happened last year, my first year having them. I was planning on the stem/scape being taller so I have them placed in the flower beds accordingly. They cannot be seen because of the greenery around them and being ill placed. So my question is, is this an outside problem? It doesn't appear to have resolved itself in a years time.
Name: Barbara
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bsharf
Mar 30, 2017 5:01 AM CST

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The shorter height of the flowers outside is not unusual. In the house, they usually have taller scapes due to less light. I have a whole bed, planted on the west side of the house, whose flower scapes are about a foot tall. The flower scapes of the bulbs planted on the east side are twice as tall. I think it might have something to do with the hours or intensity of the sunlight. I would plant them in the front of the bed or perhaps put a small raised bed or a large pot for all the bulbs so they can be seen while in bloom.
Name: Christie
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cwhitt
Mar 30, 2017 7:37 AM CST
The scape on my Nagano bulb reached 37" inches last year! This year only about 24". This seems like a normal occurrence. I think it depends on light, growing conditions, and maybe also on conditions during dormancy. Hang in there, you can always move them later if they continue to stay short. Perhaps just cut them and put them in a vase so you can enjoy them indoors. Group hug
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Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: Alabama Bookworm Echinacea Dog Lover Seed Starter
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Kabby
Mar 30, 2017 10:04 AM CST
Thank y'all very much, that helped me a lot. After they bloom, I will move them to the near edge of the beds. Glad to know that mine aren't the only shorties. Hurray!

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