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Jul 18, 2017 11:54 PM CST
Hi I am from India. We have our temperatures hovering around 30-40C everyday. I have bought pink Zephyranthes from a nursery. I wanted to transplant them from the polythene bag to pots. I had a small bowl kinda container, but the Zephyranthes roots are so long and its difficult to plant them in small pots. Is it advisable to prune the roots?

Thanks in advance
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jul 19, 2017 11:32 AM CST
I wouldn't prune roots.
Roots are showing you how much space they need. Plant to pot with enough space.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jul 19, 2017 2:28 PM CST

Yes, prune the roots. They will quickly fill your containers again.

Do you know which one you have? Some are very water-wise and appear and bloom only when it rains. Others like water enough that they are considered bog plants.

Try to find out which one you have so you can properly care for it.
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Name: Elaine
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Jul 19, 2017 3:51 PM CST
Hi and welcome. Just to further confuse things, I'll say that if your Zephyranthes have leaves already then you should not prune the roots. IF they are just bulbs you are planting, but they have grown some roots then yes, you can trim them.

But Philip is right, you probably need to plant them in a larger container or they'll be very crowded and won't grow very well. These plants increase - make new bulbs - every year so I would go bigger on the container rather than prune and cram them into one that's already too small.

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