Frost damage!

illiahJuly 8, 2012

Hi all,

I have some hippeastrum bulbs that a friend gave me - no idea what type only that they're red.

I didn't realise they were frost tender and all the leaves got frost burnt and have fallen off. will the bulbs be dead now or will they grow again if I bring them inside into a warmer area?

Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

If the leaves got frost damage, there's a good chance that the bulb was damaged too.

You will know of the bulbs are damaged by whether or not they get mushy. How cold was it and for how long? Where do you live?

Since the leaves are gone and if you are apt to have another freeze, I'd be inclined to bring them into a place that's a little warmer but not necessarily I'm the house. If this is the bulb's natural winter it should be getting some rest anyway. Any chance that the leaves just turned yellow and fell off as the result of he change on seasons?

If there is bulb damage you'll need to start peeling layers until you get to one that is solid. It's a pretty big shock to the bulb and you'll need to keep an eye on them.

Good luck!

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