How to Save Amaryllis Bulbs

Overview

The amaryllis is native to tropical areas of North, Central and South America. They produce large blooms that range in color from light pink to deep red. The fact that they are easy to grow and bloom indoors makes them a popular gift at holiday time, when beautiful blooms are hard to come by in northern climates. Amaryllis bulbs will bloom year after year, indoors or out, if the bulbs are saved and stored properly.

Saving Bulbs From Soil

Step 1

Cut the foliage down to 2 inches from the top of the bulb after it has turned brown and the bulb has begun to go dormant.

Step 2

Lift the bulbs out of the soil with a spade.

Step 3

Wash the soil from the bulbs and the roots, and store the bulbs in a paper bag in the refrigerator. Store the bulbs for at least six weeks.

Step 4

Remove the bulb from the refrigerator when you are ready to plant it again. It will take eight weeks for the bulbs to bloom, so plan accordingly.

Saving Bulbs in a Pot

Step 1

Cut the foliage down to 2 inches from the top of the bulb once it has turned brown and the bulb has gone into its dormant phase.

Step 2

Leave the bulb in the pot and set the pot in a cool area where temperatures remain between 50 and 55 degrees. Leave the pot in this location for eight to ten weeks.

Step 3

Remove the bulb from the cool location eight weeks before you want it to bloom.

Step 4

Water the soil until it is moist and set the pot in a sunny window where temperatures remain between 70 and 75 degrees.

Step 5

Check the soil often to make sure it remains moist but not wet. Water when needed.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never put amaryllis bulbs in the refrigerator near apples, as the gas produced by the apples can sterilize the bulbs.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade
  • Paper bag
  • Water

References

  • Amaryllis Bulb Company: Amaryllis Planting and Care
  • Iowa State University Extension: Care of the Amaryllis Bulb After Flowering

Who Can Help

  • United States National Arboretum: How to Make Your Amaryllis Bloom Again
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About this Author

A freelance writer for more than 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper's, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.