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Amaryllis outside?

Posted by buford 7 (My Page) on
Sun, May 14, 06 at 8:00

I live in zone 7 (on the border of a/b). I usually buy an amaryllis bulb at Christmas. After it blooms I leave it in the pot and try to get it to rebloom the following year. I've never been successful in getting a second bloom.

This year, I had one of my many 'non-productive' bulb pots outside. I moved it while I was planting something else. They all normally get leaves which then drop off but never bloom.

Low and behold, a few weeks after I moved this one, I see a bloom coming up! I think this one is at least 4-5 years old. It now has a fantastic red bloom on it.

My question is, can amaryllis survive in the ground outside in my zone? When would they normally bloom (I suspect not at Christmas time).

Or should I continue to keep them in pots and bring in during the winter????


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RE: Amaryllis outside?

Mine lives year round outside now (and has for several years). And yes, it blooms at a different time than when forced.


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mine have been outside for several years now. Infact they are blooming now and are quite spectacular


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Several Hippeastrum will remain hardy here in Atlanta and bloom each year between May and June. This year they seem to be blooming a bit earlier than normal. Some of the fancier varieties do not seem to be as hardy as Red Lion and Orange Soveriegn seem to be for me


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Thanks, I guess since all I've ever had before is leaves, I don't have much to lose!


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If you are expecting a hard freeze, it wouldn't hurt to cover the ground with several inches of mulch. The Bulbs will freeze if the temps are below freezing long enough. I plant mine deeper than the recommended depth and they bloom just fine. I bury them with just about 1/2 inch of dirt above the neck.


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I planted mine outside last year, and they are blooming beautifully also.


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I have 2 blooming right now and just "relocated" 5 from this past Christmas. This is the time of the year they bloom after being forced (at least, for me). They do just fine and I've really never had to cover them. Since I'm sure to get more for the winter, I just don't worry about them and let 'er rip.


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  • Posted by vsjo z7GA (My Page) on
    Sat, May 20, 06 at 15:05

I put mine in a pot, thinking I would have to bring it in and go through the steps of dormancy, etc. Now, can I leave it in a pot outside and just bring it in during a hard feeeze? If not, I think I will plant it in the ground, but when?


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If you keep it watered during this heated time, you can do it now. I just planted a few more and they're doing just fine.


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I have mine blooming right now too.. I put them in the ground up near the house and haven't had any problem.. Each year they get more blooms...


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The blooms have faded, so I'm going to plant that one and the other two that only have leaves this weekend. Less pots to water!!!!


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Amaryllis in Buford.

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WOW! Hopefully that is what I have to look forward to in a few years. I think this one already has 2 babies.

Now all I have to do is pick a good spot.


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  • Posted by vsjo z7GA (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 5, 06 at 15:48

WOW Indeed! Now I know I am definitely going to put mine in the ground. I would like to wait until fall and put it where I have annuals now. Good idea?


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