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How to Transplant Amaryllis Flowers

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How to Transplant Amaryllis Flowers

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Overview

Amaryllis flowers are large bulbs that produce dramatic bell-shaped or lily-like flowers. The most common use for amaryllis flowers is winter blossoms and color by forcing the bulb. Large red, pink and white blossoms will appear year after year for 75 years if proper care of the amaryllis is taken. After being forced to bloom, the amaryllis flower can be transplanted outside. It can be added as a perennial border or showcased as an individual specimen. An amaryllis will naturalize outside and bloom in the proper season. Wait to transplant until the foliage turns yellow and begins to droop.

Step 1

Dig a hole in a partially sunny location that is two inches deeper then the bulb with a trowel or small shovel. The hole should be a couple inches wider than the bulb container.

Step 2

Place two inches of sand in the bottom of the hole. Mix a handful of sand in the soil removed from the hole. This will help improve the drainage of the soil. If your soil cannot be improved, then create a raised bed. It may take 6 to 12 inches to create enough drainage for the amaryllis to grow well.

Step 3

Place the bulb in the hole and keep the foliage standing up.

Step 4

Fill in around the bulb with soil leaving the top barely covered with soil. Cut the foliage off the top of the bulb with a sharp knife.

Step 5

Water the bulb thoroughly to settle the soil. Cover the bulb with one to two inches of sawdust. This layer of mulch will help conserve moisture and controls weeds around the amaryllis.

Tips and Warnings

  • Failure to flower, growth of small flowers or poorly formed flowers of an amaryllis bulb is a result of some problems. These include the excess use of high nitrogen fertilizers, red blotch disease, leaf scorch disease, poor soil drainage, excessive sun or too much shade.

Things You'll Need

  • Trowel
  • Sand
  • Amaryllis plant
  • Sharp knife
  • Water
  • Sawdust

References

  • University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service: Amaryllis
Keywords: amaryllis, transplant amaryllis flowers, transplanting bulbs

About this Author

Karen Carter has spent the last three years working as a technology specialist in the public school system. This position included hardware/software installation, customer support, and writing training manuals. She also spent four years as a newspaper editor/reporter at the Willapa Harbor Herald.