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Amaryliss Baby Bulbs

This is a continuation of my saga: Growing Amaryliss bulbs.  Now I am interested in growing amaryliss baby bulbs.  I have my original bulb and its baby growing in pots for blooming last spring.   I grew them in the house until the first one bloomed.  The baby bulb grew nice green leaves but no flowers.  The baby amaryliss needed more time before it would bloom, even though it was a nice size.

I repeated what I had done the year before.  The plants stayed on the porch for the summer and lo and behold, the original amaryliss bulb grew three more babies!!!  You can see the size of these magnificent bulbs by seeing the quarter in the picture!  This is not a picture of how they grew.  The bulbs were almost completely buried.  It is a picture of how they looked after they had been dormant for a few months and after I had removed a lot of the soil.

Amaryliss Baby Bulbs

This picture shows the bulbs after I removed a lot of the dirt so I could see how they were connected.  I am  getting ready to separate them and repot them.Growing Amaryliss bulbs

Wanting to Know More I Did Online Research

According to information on the internet I had been doing a few things wrong.

  • I buried the bulbs almost completely.  It says leave 1/3 of the bulb exposed.
  • The pot that I put it into was way too large.  It said leave 1-2 inches around the bulb.
  • My timing was off.  Usually they bloom in December for the holiday season.  Mine were blooming in the spring.

Here is my analysis of “what I did wrong”:

  1. I’m not sure what impact it had on my plants that I buried the bulb almost completely.  This year I will try leaving 1/3 of some of my bulbs exposed.  Then I will see if that makes a difference.
  2. I think that the very large pot was conducive to the bulb producing baby bulbs.  There was plenty of room to spread out!
  3. I don’t think the timing was off for what I wanted .  I wanted spring-blooming flowers, not winter flowers.  This was my personal preference.  The timing enabled my plants to be ready to go onto the porch after all danger of frost had past and after the flowers had died.  The plants got a real growing boost by being in so much sun.

So now I have 5 pots of amaryliss bulbs growing, hopefully the original and its first baby will bloom in the spring.

Check out my YouTube video on Growing Amaryliss Bulbs!

Growing Amaryliss Bulbs

I’ve been growing Amaryliss bulbs for three years.  I want to share my experiences because they are unique!  I started with one Amaryliss bulb and it bloomed beautifully, in April.   The flowers were red and gorgeous.  After the flowers died I didn’t know what to do with the plant.  I had no experience growing Amaryliss bulbs.

There were some beautiful green stalk-like leaves.  I decided they would do well in the full sun on my front porch.  I had learned that green leaves produce food for the bulbs through photosynthesis.  So this amaryliss bulb had lots of opportunity for growing with the photosynthesis happening on my front porch.

Growing Amaryliss Bulbs on My Front Porch

The Amaryliss flourished on my front porch.  I put it in a bigger pot adding worm compost to the potting soil.  The green leaves multiplied and grew long and strong!  Then another amaryliss sprouted.  Just a small skinny green leaf, growing next to the main plant.  MY AMARYLISS HAD SPROUTED A BABY PLANT!  I read that worm compost has substances in it that helps plants grow.  I wondered if the worm compost had contributed to the new, baby amaryliss plant growing.  See links below supporting my idea.

Since microbe population is significantly boosted by earthworms, large quantities of  ‘plant growth regulators” are available in vermicompost.  Vermicompost is rich in humic acid which promotes plant growth and nutritional uptake. (Check out #4 & #5 at this link.)

Worm worked waste and their excretory products can induce excellent plant growth. This has been shown in several reports.( See #8 at this link)

After the summer, before the first frost I brought the pot into the house so the plants could go dormant.  This means I stopped watering them and the leaves all died.  After a couple of months I repotted the new baby bulb and replenished the potting soil with worm compost in both pots.

Growing Amaryliss BulbsThis picture shows the baby bulb after one year of being in its own pot.  As you can see from the quarter it is quite large.  The roots are robust and healthy looking.  I attribute this to the worm compost and the sun on my front porch.  Check out my next post for what happened the next year:  Amaryliss Baby Bulbs.

Check out my YouTube video on Growing Amaryliss Bulbs!