Can anyone tell me if this is a normal or diseased bulb? I have read about the different diseases and I seem to be more alert as my winter amaryllis bulbs arrive. It is difficult to match the descriptions in books to the actual bulb.
RE: Amaryllis Bulb Health
I think they call it rust and in the past I've just peeled off the worst layers. I don't think any of mine have died from it or has resulted in deformed bulbs or anything like that.
That is VERY good news! I will get planting on my first set of 2014-15 winter amaryllis then! Wishing you the best with your planting! Are you an amaryllis collector of sorts? Are you an outside garden, outside pots, or inside forcer of amaryllis?
I force 1-2 during holidays and then plant outdoors. Most bloom reliably each year but a few do not. I haven't been curious enough to dig around the non-returning bulbs to see if rotted, or inert.
Compulsive person that I am, I could hv been described as a collector but as time went by, I got bored with new cultivars that looked like last year's cultivar ( yawn) so I stopped getting new ones. I am not above checking the bargain bin at the box stores, a clump of Red Lions or Minervas is beautiful, no matter how common.
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Yes, winter color is a good thing, common or not!
I hope the "Best Seller" is as gorgeous this year as last...bought a new bulb!
I have to be sure I will get the winter joy of the amaryllis in the winter! Knowing how much of this rust is acceptable and safe are 2 different things. I will be reviewing the amaryllis books  and be sure I don't have anything that will spread! Happy Fall!
I don't know about spreading to other bulbs but if you have a long rainy spell, they may develop rust in bulbs and/or foliage. I don't bother with bulb but remove affected foliage after rainy period. If I overlook, the foliage typically dries off anyway and new emerges. More of an annoyance factor than anything else. A decent fertilization program is prob enough for plant to fight the fight on its own
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