New Zone.

daes80us(8)October 26, 2013

So I recently moved from Ohio, Zone6 where I brought my amaryllis in for the winter around the end of aug-sept before first frost, and put them in to dormancy, to South Carolina Zone8 where the weather during the day is in the 60's and in the 40's at night in the winter. They are still outside and I've asked around and they say sometimes it frosts here? Should I leave them out all year round or if and when should I bring them in? If I do bring them in what should I do with them since I'm not going to force dormancy? Any help with the new Zone would be greatly appreciated. Happy holidays.

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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

I would think they would be fine with a good layer of mulch over them. I'm in zone 8 (TX) and just rake leaves into the beds.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2013 at 4:27PM
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They are all in pots not in a garden bed?

    Bookmark   October 26, 2013 at 4:31PM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

Then just bring them in when it's going to freeze. I have over 300 pots and I just protect them from freezing.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2013 at 4:55PM
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How will I know if it's going to freeze or not?

    Bookmark   October 26, 2013 at 4:56PM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

I keep my eye on If it's even going to be close to freezing, bring them in or you'll risk losing them. Nothing's worse than a frozen bulb. They turn into a mush!

    Bookmark   October 27, 2013 at 10:25AM
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I usually move my pots up against the house/shed and let them overwinter. I don't really do anything to protect them - but then again, winters have been getting more and more mild here every year, enough so that it bumped me up a zone when they updated the map, so I stopped doing anything to protect them except to move them out of the way when they've gone into dormancy. If you're worried about frost, you could always throw a pile of leaves/pine needles over the pots.

If you do have room to bring them indoors, then it's probably your safest bet if you have a frost watch/warning for the night.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2013 at 10:55AM
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