H. albiflos off its roots!

Mountlake Terrace, WA(Zone 8a)

My Haemanthus is completely off its roots! What the heck is going on? Is that Amaryllis borer at work, the work of a lousy winter watering plan? I poked through the soil, which was moist, but there was no mass of roots, just whats in the photo.

How do I treat this now? I could repot in a new pot with new soil, and probably stake up with chopsticks? Thoughts?

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SF Bay Area, CA(Zone 9b)

Just let it dry off and, if you're unsure about its current potting medium, put it in new, fast-draining soil. It'll be fine as long as the soil doesn't stay wet for too long.

Mountlake Terrace, WA(Zone 8a)

I wonder if it is a soggy soil problem, but I have also heard of the Amaryllis Borer attacking Haemanthus, I have a local friend that swears that he had it bad in his Hippeastrum collection, decimating the whole collection, but untouched pieces of the bulb can regrow, which is how I got a H. reticulatum var. striatifolium in a pot of Freesia laxa I got from him.

The plant is dry already and it appears to be trying to send down roots, should I let it lay on the surface? Or maybe bury it a bit?

SF Bay Area, CA(Zone 9b)

Nah, just bury it down a bit. If you want, once it gets new roots you can give it a systemic insecticide so if there are borers they'll be killed.

Vieques, PR

agree with faeden --go systemic, and don't have soggy soil.

Yardley, PA

Just started sprouting some seeds from the H. albilflos. It is so interesting. The seed is self contained in a pod with water. The little green sprout had started so I just put it in dirt.

Yardley, PA

Looks more like too much water. I agree with lightening up the soil. This plant does great in semi hydroponics so it does like a lot of room at it's roots.

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