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moon12216
Apr 9, 2017 4:26 PM CST
ive had a amaryllis bulb planted in a pot for over a month.i noticed my bulb stopped turning green..so i dug it up and seen there are no roots.it had roots when i planted it and now there gone.it never grew stem.bulb isnt soft or bruised looking.what happend?can it be saved?

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Apr 9, 2017 5:29 PM CST
I suspect the roots rotted off because you watered too much before the plant was ready to grow. It might re-root. Just sit it on some damp (DAMP) soil and wait to see what happens.
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Philipwonel
Apr 10, 2017 9:57 AM CST
:iagree:. Wet feet. A no no. I belive they dont need much water.
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tarev
Apr 10, 2017 10:52 AM CST
I still see hope in it, as long as the bulb stays firm to your touch. When I was forcing some amaryllis before, I just lay them on clay rocks, but there is water or water gel beads below the clay rocks. But I make sure the very bottom part of the bulb is on the rocks and not under water. And they still grow and bloom. Don't attempt any fertilizer at this point too, everything is in the bulb already.

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moon12216
Apr 11, 2017 2:25 PM CST
DaisyI said:I suspect the roots rotted off because you watered too much before the plant was ready to grow. It might re-root. Just sit it on some damp (DAMP) soil and wait to see what happens.


so place it on damp soil in the sun or?

could i just repot it in some damp soil or does it need to be on top of soil?

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tarev
Apr 11, 2017 2:29 PM CST
If you are using soil, then just bury it just half-way from the base of the bulb, and make sure you use container with drain holes, so water drains out well. Just keep soil moist, but not too soggy wet, so have to give intervals in watering.

If you are going to use just water, then keep it above water line, sitting on rocks or on a narrow neck of a container with no drain holes. Just have to replace the water from time to time.
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moon12216
Apr 11, 2017 3:10 PM CST
tarev said:If you are using soil, then just bury it just half-way from the base of the bulb, and make sure you use container with drain holes, so water drains out well. Just keep soil moist, but not too soggy wet, so have to give intervals in watering.

If you are going to use just water, then keep it above water line, sitting on rocks or on a narrow neck of a container with no drain holes. Just have to replace the water from time to time.


ok i see a very small root on bottom bulb hoping its a sign it can be saved.

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