Amaryllis Plants

Forced Dormancy


Fred Steinlein added on September 21, 2017 | Answered

I need advice on growing amaryllis, specifically about the dormant period. I am in Ft Lauderdale and need to provide artificial temperature conditions for the dormancy period. I use a wine cooler to provide 55 degrees. The cooler ices up at the back when the temperature at the front is 55. Some of the bulbs freeze and rot from saturation. I placed a dehumidifier in the cooler but it generated so much heat the cooler couldn't lower the temperature below 75. I will try a fan to circulate the air so I can lower the thermostat. Can you advise how hobby growers provide the dormant conditions? Thank you


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BushDoctor
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Answered on September 22, 2017

I would wrap the bulbs in paper or newspaper, and put them in a plastic bag when you store them. This will keep moisture off. This is what causes rot.

Here is an article for more information:https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/amaryllis-hippeastrum/amaryllis-bulb-storage.htm

And here is an article on caring for them: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/amaryllis-hippeastrum/amaryllis-care-instructions-how-to-care-for-an-amaryllis.htm

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