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JoleneS
Centerville, UT
(Zone 6a)

October 31, 2005
3:31 AM

Post #1848556

I sure hope there's someone out there experienced in forcing amaryllis. I got several amaryllis bulbs recently at HD for a very good price. I was hoping to have them in bloom in December. The package said they would take six to eight weeks to bloom so I potted them up last week. Yikes! Some are growing so fast, it seems like they'll be blooming before Thanksgiving!

Is it possible to slow the growing process by moving them to a cooler part of the house and, vice versa, is it possible to speed the growing process by moving them to a warmer part of the house?

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gemini_sage
Winchester, KY
(Zone 6a)

October 31, 2005
12:00 PM

Post #1848832

Jolene, I have'nt found a way to slow or speed them. It seems mine bloom when they're ready no matter what. I've even had them bloom unpotted. I'm curious if anyone has any tricks to share.
bleek
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7a)

October 31, 2005
1:16 PM

Post #1848926

The cooler the place the slower it goes...but it does grow on. Just go to HD and buy some more that are not that advanced in growth and thus enjoy some at Thanksgiving.
andidandi
Arlington, VA

November 2, 2005
12:32 AM

Post #1852106

Wow. The way to prevent the ones that weren't sprouting when you bought them was not to water them until you wanted them to start growing, and to avoid buying bulbs that have started to sprout. Always open up the kit and look, because what also happens is that they are crooked when they sprout inside a box and the stems don't straighten out. It looks like you watered them all. Once started you can't stop them. The best bet it to buy more later, as suggested by others.
JoleneS
Centerville, UT
(Zone 6a)

November 2, 2005
12:39 AM

Post #1852116

Thanks for much everyone for your insight. I'll know better next time.

Kell

Kell
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)


November 2, 2005
5:31 AM

Post #1852530

I order a ton online every year. Sometimes a few will be sprouted, or I have left them out too long and they sprout. I quick put them into the refrigerator. In the veggie drawer. Stops them dead. Good luck!
bleek
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7a)

November 2, 2005
11:42 AM

Post #1852656

Only problem might be that by keeping them too cold too long, the color of the flower may become a lot lighter and sometimes they do not open out completely.
kbaumle
Northwest, OH
(Zone 5b)

November 10, 2005
12:29 AM

Post #1866818

How long does a papilio take once you've potted it up? I potted mine three weeks ago, and it's growing SO slowly! Is this one slower than some?
bleek
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7a)

November 10, 2005
2:07 AM

Post #1867024

Is it a newly bought bulb from eBay or from a Garden Center? Is the sprout out of the bulb already? Where is the pot standing? Amaryllis require a warm temperature to make them grow fast. I've had them on a hot water radiator and it was growing 2 inches a day. If it stands in a draughty place, it will be really slow. Water with luke warm water will help.
kbaumle
Northwest, OH
(Zone 5b)

November 10, 2005
2:18 AM

Post #1867036

I got it from Brent & Becky's. Yes, it's sprouted. The tallest shoot is 3". The other two are about 2". The pot is on a table by a window in a normal temp room (70). I'll try the lukewarm water thing.
bleek
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7a)

November 10, 2005
2:56 AM

Post #1867096

The room may be 70, but close to the window it may be up to 10 degrees cooler or is it on the South side?
kbaumle
Northwest, OH
(Zone 5b)

November 10, 2005
3:31 AM

Post #1867156

No, it's on the north side. But it's sitting beside a 13" TV. LOL.
pjadams49417
Grand Haven, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 10, 2007
2:07 AM

Post #4177296

OK, I was going to ask how to get mine to grow faster because I need at least one with buds showing red by Black Friday. I think I'm going to try setting them in my little incubator.
andidandi
Arlington, VA

November 12, 2007
3:29 AM

Post #4184175

pjadams49417-
It sounds like you already planted your bulb, but the future it seems to help to get things started to soak the roots (assuming the bulb arrives with viable roots) in water with a little Superthrive for a day before potting up.
pjadams49417
Grand Haven, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 13, 2007
6:19 PM

Post #4189302

Thank you! One had roots, the other didn't...the infamous Walmart cheapy bulbs. We'll see how they do.
RainbowRider
Brunswick, GA
(Zone 9a)

November 30, 2007
7:35 AM

Post #4245805

Don't worry about the bulbs with no roots. Some i buy have to have all the dead dry roots completely removed. I don't hesitate buying a big fat bulb with no roots. I've never lost any. I bought 63 "Vera" Amaryllis this year and more than half had no roots. Maybe it's the zone i live in but they always put down roots. My mother has had amaryllis since before i was born 53 yrs. ago. We moved when i was 7 and we dug the bulbs and brought them 29 miles to where she lives now. She is very generous to folks wanting some. I just thought i would drop in my 2 cents in. Happy growing to all of you and may you have a nice Christmas season.
RR

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