Amaryllis

Lakeview, OH

I just got a couple of Amaryllis gift box sets, I found a clay pot and put it in it and got some potting soil and got it under a flourescent bulb, I was going to water it but the potting soil I put it in was in the back yard and damp but not soggy so I thought I would wait for awhile before watering. I got one the package says Minerva but as I have read that sometimes they are not the same flower that is on the package. I am not going to pot the other up until I see what this one does. And I also have some Paperwhites too.

Poughkeepsie, NY(Zone 6a)

We need to know MORE about the soil it's in. It's needs a well drained mix. I use a good potting soil cut with 50% perlite. They need BRIGHT light as well. can you post photos? More info is needed.

Lakeview, OH

It is Miracle-Gro potting soil, I had it out back and it was damp so I decided to wait before watering. The light is about 8 in. above the bulb. Here is the picture.

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Poughkeepsie, NY(Zone 6a)

Potting SOIL? too heavy IMHO. Potting MIX with some added perlite would be better.

Southern Dutchess Co, NY(Zone 5b)

My favorite go-to, pre-packaged mix is Miracle Gro's Moisture Control. Once you are comfortable and more knowledgeable about soils and your plants, it's better to start mixing your own according to your watering style. Best of luck with your new plants!

Lakeview, OH

I don't know exactly what kind of Miracle-Gro it was because I threw away the bag, I really can't do much because I am on a 30 day lay off at my job, the temps can work for 1 year and we have to have 30 days off. And Christmastime is not the best time of the year to have it off. I did all that the directions told me except watering, like I said it was already damp, I put the bulb in and firmed it around it and made sure that it was firmly rooted in there. Now here comes the part I really hate, PATIENCE. I don't have the room or the cash to put more light on it unless I buy another flourescent bulb to put in the other lamp. Do you think I should put another light on it? I have a light that instead of being culique it is the long ones. Do you think that would be wise?

Southern Dutchess Co, NY(Zone 5b)

If you have a western or southern exposure, this ought to be fine. You'd be surprised by how easily these bulbs sprout. The key is not only the sunlight, but also the warmer temperatures which trigger growth. You did the right thing by not watering if your potting mix was already wet. My only concerns would be to keep the temperature high enough and also to provide sufficient light, which should be met if you have the plant situated appropriately. All Miracle Gro products have fertilizer incorporated in them so you'll be OK there. Bulbs are surprisingly resilient.

Lakeview, OH

There is no way I can put any warmth on it unless the stove is on, I don't have room to put it on the top of the fridge and the pellet stove is the only heat we have, I was wondering, would it be a good idea to wrap the top of the clay pot with saran wrap to concentrate the light on the bulb? I can't put it in the windowsill because it gets too cold. I can't think of any thing else to get warmth to it, that is the problem I have with growing winter flowers inside, not enough heat. Would it be better if I lower the light closer to the bulb?

Lakeview, OH

It is going to be warm tomorrow and sunny, would it be a good idea to put the pot on the windowsill until it gets cooler and then put in on the desk under the light?

Southern Dutchess Co, NY(Zone 5b)

I would not recommend placing plastic wrap. It would only encourage rot. If you don't mind waiting, then it's OK to just let nature take its course and the amaryllis will bloom when all conditions are right. The bulbs will send out new growth when they are ready. We had one in the store that grew out through its box (at a crazy angle) while none of the others have done so. I have since potted it and set it near a door where there is bright light but no full sun, and definitely no warmth. The goal is to get it more upright and from there... I have better control in my own home, but have chosen not to start the growth cycles of my amarillis' just yet since we haven't even entered winter! Choose a time 8 weeks from when you'd like to see the plant flower and then subject it to more light and heat. This is what will trigger growth.

Poughkeepsie, NY(Zone 6a)

I keep my mix LIGHT by cutting in equal parts of perlite with a potting mix like miracle grow or Pro mix (My favorite mix).
I sue the same mixture for a lot of my plants actually. Except the Orchids!

Lakeview, OH

I took a paperwhite bulb and put it in the green vase with water and put it in a cool dark place so it can grow roots, lets see what happens.

Lakeview, OH

This is one of the paperwhite bulbs that the friend gave me, does this set up look ok? It does not have any roots and i was just wondering how long it would take to grow some, I did not have any stones or rocks to put in the bottom, but it is in there snug and tight. I was thinking it might be a good idea to use the alcohol trick so they don't fall over, providing they grow that big and tall. The water is just touching the basal plate so hopefully in a few days I will see some roots.

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Houston Heights, TX(Zone 9a)

err, what is the alcohol trick?

Lakeview, OH

You put some alcohol in the water and the stems don't get so long, you still have the big, beautiful blooms but the stems don't get so tall so you don't have to tie them up so they don't flop over.

Lakeview, OH

I am so stupid and blind sometimes, my Amaryllis IS growing, I didn't realize it, here is a before and now picture.

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Houston Heights, TX(Zone 9a)

Thanks for clueing me in. I had never heard of that trick before.

Lakeview, OH

I never either, I may try it, the kit came with three bulbs, so if this one fails, I have 2 more paperwhites and a large Amaryllis bulb.

Houston Heights, TX(Zone 9a)

Ive done that bulb-in-a-vase thing before and it worked quite well. I had a specially designed vase called a bulb vase but yours looks like it will work fine. The water does not have to be touching the bottom of the bulb for it to work. It will reach for the water.

Lakeview, OH

Should I empty some of the water or just leave it the way it is?

Houston Heights, TX(Zone 9a)

I was just concerned that if it touches, capillary action may make the water come up the sides and soak the bulb causing rot. Just watch for that. It will only be a couple days before the roots reach out and you wont have to worry about that. charcoal pieces in the water help to keep it from getting nasty if you have some around.

Southern Dutchess Co, NY(Zone 5b)

There is a forum here on DG specifically about amaryllis and another about bulbs. May want to browse through them for some advice, too.

Lakeview, OH

I can't get on those pages, you have to pay for those and money is tight. My Amaryllis is getting greener, and the sprout on the Paperwhite is getting greener too, and there is a very small root starting on the Paperwhite already. Patience is SO HARD to do for me. But all of the Amaryllis is getting greener. I put the other Amaryllis bulb and the other Paperwhites in the bedroom, it is cool in there and I think they will be alright, like I said the fridge has apples in it.

Lakeview, OH

Does this small crack in the top of my Amaryllis bud mean what I think it does? The leaves on the other side has gotten taller too. It has what looks like cracks in the top part of the bud, does that mean its going to get taller soon? I don't have much patience, but I have gotten results.

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Lakeview, OH

I decided to get the other Amaryllis out and rehydrate the roots and plant them, how long should I keep the roots in the water? That is why I have it in the green vase, it can get water without gettting the root wet. This is the Red Lion although right now it looks like the white lion,lol! This is the set up for the moment, does it look alright to you?

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Lakeview, OH

I am worried about my Amaryllis, it has two red patches one on each side, is that something to be worried about?

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Saugerties, NY(Zone 5a)

No, you dont need to worry about the red, mine have had a hint of red also.

Lakeview, OH

Ok thanks jasmnesmom, I was just worried, I have gotten them to get growing I don't want to do anything to mess them up, I put them in the windowsill during the day and putting it on the desk at night. My Paperwhites are really doing well.

Saugerties, NY(Zone 5a)

It's amazing once they start growing, I swear they shoot up inches over night !!!

Lakeview, OH

The first is of course the Paperwhites, as you can see they are doing quite well under the fluorescent light, and the second is the second Amaryllis that I planted, it has been in the window for the past couple of days and I think it likes it there. The other Amaryllis has been there too, but it does not seem to have done anything. On the second one it is showing more greenery, I think it might be blooming at Christmastime, it is the Red Lion.

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Lakeview, OH

updated photos as of 12/16/2012

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Lakeview, OH

The first one is the Paperwhites, they have now started blooming, not crazy about the scent but my hubby likes it, the second is the Amaryllis, it has not gotten a slit in the bud, does that mean what I think it does? My friend next door gave me a Poinsetta for a present going to see how long I can keep it alive and growing. If you get close to the amaryllis bud you can see some red and the veins in the bud itself are pretty, will the bud turn red before it opens or will it just split open all of a sudden? The paperwhites opened slowly but they are still blooming, they look good next to the poinsetta.

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Lakeview, OH

These are my Red Lion Amaryllis, they are getting really close, one question, does the main bud change color before it opens? They are starting to lean over so I am going to have to find something to prop it up with.

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Orlando, FL(Zone 9b)

it'll be similar to the way the paperwhites bloomed.

Lakeview, OH

I have been taking the Amaryllis out of the window and putting it on my computer desk, and putting it back in the next day, I don't want to freeze the plant and it is supposed to be really cold tonight. There is a storm window and the plant does not touch the cold glass, do you think it will be ok to leave it in there?

Lakeview, OH

The second scape is starting to open before the first one is, is that normal?

Lakeview, OH

Yippee! The first flower scape is now opening at the same time as the second one! I thought I would take a pic and let you see.

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Lakeview, OH

This is what I found when I woke up this morning, what a beautiful way to greet the new year! I am definitly going to try my best to have these blooming again next year. Are these going to open up any more?

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Lakeview, OH

I found this when I woke up, now I am kinda bummed out, I thought I could save this one to bloom at Christmas. Is there anything I can do for it? I don't want to have to throw it away. Do I just leave it be?

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Orlando, FL(Zone 9b)

is that the amaryllis that had those spots a little while back emptyeyes?

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