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Jun 1, 2018 1:10 AM CST
Severn, Maryland
I received an amaryllis for Christmas, my first. It arrived in a tall glass vase filled with coffee beans and the instructions said to add water up to the base of the bulb. It bloomed twice and has since grown long leaves and seems to be doing fine. The problem is it now has a thick layer of mold on the top of the beans. I'd like to transplant it into a pot with soil but I've read they are happiest when root bound. Recommendations please! Thank you!
Jun 1, 2018 5:49 AM CST
Name: Sally
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I'd use a plastic pot about 6- 8 inches across. Pot in regular potting mix, set the tip or up to half of the bulb above the surface. Gradually acclimate to as much sun as you can, feed and water generously while growing. In September, bring it in, let it dry out all the way. In a few months it will begin to grow again, or water it in January and place it under bright light and look for growth.
(Possibly you can keep the leaves green all winter- it may bloom on it's own timeline next year- not sure about that.)
Actually I plant mine on the garden for summer, and dig them in early fall, and store them bare. I'm not far from you, I saw a whole community garden plot full of Amaryllis in full sun one year here.
I'm no pro, but they are easy to grow- main point being, the bulb needs to grow well over summer to regain energy for blooming again.
Plant it and they will come.
Jun 1, 2018 5:54 AM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
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Hi rlecwag, Welcome!

I've never seen Amaryllis growing in a vase with coffee beans but it does sound like it's time to pot the bulb into soil. Find a pot that's just a little larger than the size of the bulb and partially fill with a good potting medium; place the bulb and begin to fill with additional soil. Some people plant them with the bulb almost buried but I always leave about 1/3 of the bulb above soil level. Amaryllis do get top heavy when the bloom spike gets tall and flowers appear so I always sit the plastic pot into something heavier (like a clay pot) for stability.

Here are a few photos from our database showing Amaryllis bulbs potted up:

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Jun 1, 2018 12:56 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
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Good advice from Sally and Lin. Amaryllis potted in coffee beans is a new one to me. Just another clever gimmick to sell plants! Do I hear Mother Nature groaning?!
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