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Q.armaryllis bulbs – off shoot

Zone Shell Lake, WI | Lynn M Kasel added on November 19, 2017 | Answered

This spring I got two pots with armaryllis bulbs, one had one large bulb, the other has one large bulb with two babies growing away from the mother bulb. They did not flower this summer, but grow very large and beautiful. I read about over wintering naturally, letting the plant die back on its own rather than cutting back the leaves. (The leaves were really too pretty to cut) For the last couple of months, I had stopped watering. Things were dieing back nicely and was planning on removing the bulbs from the soil this weekend for over wintering. The lone bulb now has a very green large sprout growing from the bulb above soil level. Do I start watering again? Do I continue with plans to remove from the soil for over wintering? Can the bulbs over winter in their pots? My over wintering plans were to remove the bulbs from the soil, brush off any soil, bag them up with newspaper in a cool place for at least six weeks. Thanks.

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Answered on November 19, 2017

Your original idea is best. Removing and drying them will help keep them better, but they can be wintered in container as well. Don't resume watering. Let them continue into dormancy. Here is an article that will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/amaryllis-hippeastrum/amaryllis-bulb-storage.htm

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