Bringing in Amaryllis Bulbs for Dormancy Period - September 2022
Every Christmas season, I have usually planted a few Amaryllis bulbs with the kids in different-sized containers as a little winter-time project. That has meant - historically - that we've bought a series of Amaryllis bulbs each November and planted them in hopes that they'd bloom near Christmas. This past season, we had five planted in three pots. Normally, I toss these bulbs and don't get them to re-bloom. But this year, I'm trying something new: trying to get them to re-bloom after spending the Summer out on our patio taking in sun and water.
What do they look like today? They're full of green, strap-y foliage. Here, below, are a few photos of the bulbs in their containers:
After watching a few YouTube videos and rooting around on the Web, I think I've figured out that I need to remove these from their soil, shake free all the debris and put them in a dark, cool spot for 60ish days to try to send them into dormancy. I have about 75 or so days before mid-November, so the time is right to take on the project.
After shaking all the dirt off the roots, I've come to realize that the root growth has been immense. There's conflicting information about trimming roots, but for now, I've decided to leave them as-is.
Here, below, are a few photos showing the roots and what they look like naked, out of their soil: