Steps to Cutting Amaryllis Bulbs

Amaryllis bulbs, also known as hippeastrum, grow very quickly, ensuring plenty of blooming flowers throughout the season. The plant is not only versatile in that it can be grown indoors or out, it is also available in different colors such as pink, white red, orange and even striped varieties. Additionally, amaryllis bulbs are easy to propagate by cutting them into sections and replanting them as separate bulbs.


Using a trowel, remove the amaryllis by digging up the bulb after the plant has grown for several months, has flowered and its leaves have turned yellow, usually between the months of July and November, recommends the "Encyclopedia of Gardening," by the American Horticultural Society. The amaryllis bulb looks similar to an onion in that it is covered by thick scales from the bottom basal plate, where the roots attach to the bulb. Remove any offset or extra growth with a sharp knife.


Cut the bulb into wedges 1/4 inch thick with a sharp knife from the top down through the bulb's basal plate. Make at least four cuts, ensuring that there are two or more scales attached to each wedge, recommends the University of Florida IFAS Extension. Cover the cut sections with fungicide dust to prevent mold from growing.

Storage and Replanting

Place all of the bulb pieces into one container that is one-third filled with a mixture of sand and peat. Water and store the container in a dark, humid area. After leaves and bulblets--small bulbs--form on the bulb pieces, transplant each piece to its own small container. Small bulbs may take several years to grow to flowering size, according to "Taylor's Master Guide to Gardening."

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