amaryllis dormancy and transplant
great forum, guys and gals!
i live in a small apartment and it has been referred as "the jungle". can't live without my plants...
now, i have a few questions that i have to throw it out to the masses. Got few bulbs at the evil empire of walmart, and they bloomed daintily in 02/06 and now they have grown to unmanageable sprouts of leaves. I do use fluorescent bulbs, albeit 23w only for about 12 hr a day on a east facing window, which is probably not enough. I dug my fingers into the pots, and felt that the bulbs have grown in size. One of the bulbs even has two new plants sprouting out.
I have two pots, with four bulbs each in them, and mind you, one of the bulbs has two other offsprings now.
It is now mid october in a zone 5, My questions are...
-should i force them into dormancy? (by withdrawing water and placing them in the dark closet?)
* if forcing, is it enough to just withdraw water/light and let them dry out for 8 weeks?
* do i have to place them in cold/cool refrigerator, i.e. 4'C/36'F?
-if i don't force them into dormancy, i know i won't get timed blooms... which is ok, i guess i will just leave it to mother nature decide on the blooming time. As you can see from the picture though, they have become rather crowded.
* WHEN do i transplant? can i transplant with all the leaves flopping around, to take them out of the pot? doesn't that "damage" the plant, therefore requiring about a month or two of recovery, consuming bulb energy, and therefore one might as well force them?
* do i force them into dormancy and then transplant?
* do i bite down, endure the messy leaves and wait till they rebloom, if ever?
Any pointers would greatly be appreciated.
before the mess... double minerva and double nymph
current mess... october 15, 2006
before the mess... february 2006
current mess october 2006