For all those who have had the beautiful amaryllis plant indoors all through the winter season, but now want to transplant it in the garden, here is a post sharing the right method to do it. So go ahead and read on to know about it.
Amaryllis is a bulbous flowering plant which is also known as amarillo, naked lady, and belladonna lily. Amaryllis belladonna is found to grow natively in South Africa and is more popular than the other species of the genus. The bulb of the plant is mostly used for transplanting. It is around 5-10 cm in diameter and remains under dormancy till late summer. The plant is required to be shifted indoors during the winter months because it is not frost resistant. It starts flowering during early spring and blooms throughout summer. The plant requires a good amount of sunlight and water to produce beautiful flowers during its flowering period. If you have a potted Amaryllis plant and wish to shift it to your garden, here is how you can do it so that it can adorn your garden with its bright and colorful flowers during the spring and summer months.
Transplanting Amaryllis Bulb Outdoors
The first thing to do is to identify a place in your garden where you can transplant the bulb. The planting bed should be such that it receives enough sunlight during the day period.
Improve the drainage of the planting bed by loosening the soil and add sufficient compost to improve its quality.
Take out the plant’s bulb from the pot and remove extra soil around it. Let some soil remain attached onto the bulb so that it does not face any difficulty in adjusting to new soil around it.
Prune flowers and leaves from the stems using sharp pruning shears. Dead and yellow leaves must also be removed. Trim the plant sufficiently, but leave enough part so that it can remain above the soil after transplantation.
Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the bulb. If you have several bulbs to plant, dig holes in a row which are one foot apart.
Place the bulb in the hole and cover it with soil completely, leaving the uncut part of the plant uncovered. If winter season is about to begin, ensure that the bulb is covered with soil, as it cannot withstand cold temperatures.
You can also add a good amount of mulch or dried leaves over the soil to provide insulation and maintain warmth during the winter season.
Water the transplanted bulb with enough water to meet its requirements. Keep watering and fertilizing it at regular intervals for facilitating proper growth. Watering plants during the winter season is as important as watering during the summers because winters can be dry enough to leave the soil with inadequate water content for plants.
With the arrival of spring, the transplanted amaryllis plant is ready to blossom. Remove dried leaves and mulch that you had placed over it during the winters, and let the bright sun warm the plant. Once the plant receives the required amount of light and moisture, it will start flowering.
The amaryllis plant needs a warm climate for proper growth with temperatures around 70-75 ºF. It does not require any specific soil type and can grow on any garden soil with sufficient moisture content. Therefore, watering the plant becomes an essential requirement so that the plant has all that it needs for growing well. While planting an indoor plant outdoors, do not shift it suddenly. First allow it to adjust to longer durations of light by placing it intermittently in the sun. After providing a few days to acclimate to new environmental conditions, shift it in the garden. If you want your plant to flower during the spring season, the best time to transplant it is late September or early October.
Planting amaryllis is simple and can be handled easily by people who have just started trying their hands out in gardening. The plant is easy to maintain and blossoms even during the darkest days of winter, if kept indoors. Amaryllis flowers can definitely enhance the beauty of your garden and make it look beautiful for many years to come.