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I have two planters in my living room. I planted Amaryllis (actually Hippeastrum) bulbs, three in each container. Five of the six are doing well. The last one? It started growing, then stopped. It was partially peaking out of the bulb when I planted it (but 2 more were inches out, and did fine). It seemed to shoot up about 3 inches, the buds turned a pretty red/pink color, it sent up a little accessory bud, and then?

The accessory bud seemed to slowly dry up. Then it happened to the main flower. First the stem seemed to turn a bit woodier, then then buds dried up, and finally it seemed just... dead. Or so close to death's door it wasn't funny. And I didn't want it with my other flowers, so I decided to pull it out (and replanted an almost sprouted lily bulb that I'd knocked over today in it's place). And what did I find?

It had a pretty good root system. Seemed to have a lot of large roots, and I'm sure the smaller ones just tore off as I pulled it out. The bulb was smaller than when it started, but didn't feel totally dried out, or mushy. Definitely not as full as the bulbs that are doing well, but not as messed up as I expected it to be. The outer layers of the bulb definitely turned a darker brownish black.

Any idea about what happened?

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meimur From: meimur Date: March 6th, 2008 04:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not a plant person, but maybe the other bulbs ate? sucked up? absorbed the best nutrients for flower-making, and this buld got the rest that was left over.
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