Amaryllis – How To Move Bulbs?

Q: I have a dozen beautiful red amaryllis bulbs planted outdoors. They die back in the winter, sprout up in the late spring, and bloom during the summer. How should we move the bulbs?

A: I assume you have hardy amaryllis, Hippeastrum x johnsonii. The leaves should be gone by now, so simply dig the bulbs and move to your selected spot. They seem to do best in full morning sun and afternoon shade after 2:00 p.m.. Amend the soil of the new bed with two inches of soil conditioner mixed ten inches deep. Plant so that the upper fourth of each bulb is aboveground. Scatter pine straw over the bed. There’s no need to fertilize now but do feed your plants when leaves appear in April.

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