What to do with those amaryllis bulbs

What to do with those amaryllis bulbs

This post is a friendly step-by-step reminder on what to do with amaryllis bulbs if you want to save them for next year. I also thought it would be a good opportunity to share some of the unfriendly comments my post about waxing amaryllis has elicited over the years.

Who knew who never I would have guessed that the most controversial and angry post I'd ever produced would be a post about a flower.

If you've followed me for a while, you know, as soon as I came out a few years ago, I took apart a waxed amaryllis bulb and taught you how to make one yourself.

I was very excited to do this, because this is the way I enjoy my life. By tearing things apart and putting them back together again. And then encouraging others to do the same until we're all a mess.

The thing about waxing amaryllis bulbs is that you have to cut off a large portion of the base plate, which is the thing that holds all the brains behind the process. Get rid of it, and you break down the amaryllis, making it unlikely to grow again.

It was this point that caused some very strong responses from people who stumbled upon the post from afar on the Internet. I'll get to those once I teach you how to preserve your amaryllis bulbs.

How to save amaryllis bulbs

To replant a wax bulb follow these steps.

  1. After the amaryllis plant bloomed and flowering ended, Cut the flower stems, but leave the leaves on the plant.
  2. Scrape the wax from the lamp.
  3. Plant it in the soil and continue to care for it like any other houseplant. Keep watering to a minimum and make sure the soil drains well – you don't want the bulb to rot.
  4. Once spring weather arrives (no more frost) place the potted amaryllis outside for the summerAnd take care of it when necessary. Amaryllis plants need little water, so don't overwater them.
  5. If you don't want to worry about watering them all summer long, you can plant amaryllis directly into the garden as well.
  6. Dig them up on September 1, cutting off the leaves and much of the roots (leave 3-4 inches of roots).
  7. Place the bulb in a paper bag and store it in your coolest room until it dries and remains dormant for at least 8 weeks but no more than 12 weeks.
  8. On November 1st (8 weeks later) pull the bags out of storage and replant them in a small pot. You can use soil, but planting amaryllis in rocks like this is the best way to ensure the bulb doesn't rot.
  9. They will bloom within 6-8 weeks.

If you are dealing with an amaryllis plant that has not been waxed, follow the same steps other than scraping off the wax.

Now, if you don't want to do any of this, you can just throw your bulb in the compost pile or trash once you're done. It will decompose in no time. This is the point that drives some people absolutely crazy.

This innocuous post about waxing amaryllis bulbs sparked some of the most interesting comments I've ever received on my blog.

Gemstones like this:

“Keep adding ignorant people to your followers… Keep hurting the creatures that give you life. You who only care about your ego and popularity… You who don't really care about anything but your gender. No one cares about plants in this modern age. The government has washed Her brain… But no one will listen. You say I'm crazy but that's what the government does like you and me… The entire world has been deceived and desensitized to their suffering…”


“I'm obsessed with plants and my heart sank when I finished reading this. Needless to say I will not be trying this selfish, self-serving idea.”


You are all cowards for ignoring how you would feel if you accepted that these plants that could live like you if properly cared for would feel excruciating pain when you cut off their heads. The bulb resembles an amaryllis head. You basically cut off the top of his head with part of his brain and seal the wound with hot wax. You are basically committing plant scaphism!!! It doesn't mean you care about all the people you care about like fashion and money. What kind of sick person takes advantage of a living being in this way? Do you really care that much about your colleagues' private lives? Would you do this to an animal if it were legal? I'm sure you would as long as the screaming wasn't heard. You really should treat plants better because without them, as we soon will be, we will be dead!!! Plants and trees feel pain just like us animals, it has been proven that only corrupt rulers want to hide this because billions are made from torturing plants, trees and even animals!!! You should do a little research before mutilating a creature that can live like you!!!


Why on earth would you want to take a perfectly healthy bulb and kill it? If you plant them in soil and in a nice pot, they will live and thrive for years, and perhaps longer, 20 years or more, if planted in the ground. Removing the wax and roots means only one season and then litter. Shame on you.


This comment compares me to a star:

I completely agree (with others). Don't listen to others (who kill bulbs) as they apparently are not real gardeners, otherwise they wouldn't want to kill the bulbs. Just goes to show you what a fickle society we have become. I'm one of the editors of a garden blog, and we were all quite taken aback by this woman's nonchalant, almost condescending, misguided push. “She reminds me of a Kardashian.”

This guy nailed it. How do you argue with someone who sees the real you?

And finally –

“I think we should be kinder to nature.” It's hard to argue with that.

but I will.

Where does everyone think the unsold bulbs go? Are they transferred to the Amaryllis Global Support Team to be resuscitated and rehabilitated?

They are not. This is not their purpose. Their purpose is to bring a jolt of joy and lift your mood during one of the most depressing times of the year. I know this because I feel like this is my purpose too.

They bring you a jolt of joy and lift your mood – just like a Kardashian is supposed to do.

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